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Tying the Zug Bug (Nymph) with Davie McPhail by Davie McPhail

This nymph was originally tied by Cliff Zug in the 1930s and is still very popular with many anglers today. The Zug Bug nymph pattern was designed as a caddis fly imitation, and while it works well for that purpose it has also been a proven fish getter for a  number of situations. The fly may be used as a single searching pattern, paired with a dry fly to be used as a dropper, or even joined into a tandem rig with a smaller fly tied off the point. The Zug Bug is well known and is a standard in the commercial tying industry. This easily puts it in the 10 nymph fly patterns of all time.

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Materials Used in the Zug Bug fly pattern

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 14
Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
Tail: Peacock Sword
Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Furnace Hen
Thorax Cover: Mallard Flank dyed Lemon Duck


Super Stretch Hot Spot Buzzer by Davie McPhail

Another hot fly from Davie McPhail. I’ve been tying small midges and chironomids with stretch floss for quite some time and when combined with the modern UV resins, they are a durable and highly effective fly for stillwaters. I really loved the look that the flourescent orange paint added to the wung buds on the fly. Once the resin is applied, the fly really comes alive.

Super Stretch Hot Spot Buzzer fly pattern recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill Super Heavyweight Black size 10
Thread: UTC 70 Black
Tag: Red Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive
Wing Buds: Super Stretch Floss Golden Olive Highlighted with Flu-Orange T-shirt or Acrylic Paint
Coat Whole Fly with Fulling Mill UV Resin then finish off with a fine coat of clear varnish


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