Just a few days ago we posted the Juice Bug tutorial from Don Ordes. He has since then sent me an incredible little Mysis Shrimp he created using the techniques. You can see this and his other Juice Bug creations by clicking here. I just love the extended body and the feeler detail out the front. Thanks Don!
Juice Bug Mysis Shrimp
Hook: #12 egg hook
Thread: 2# mono
Dubbing: Crystal Ice-dub or other sim.
Body: Clear Jelly-rope
Body Coating: Vinyl cement
Eyes: Black mono eyes or x-small black bead-chain eyes for weight.
Special thanks to Don Ordes for putting together this awesome tutorial on tying up these killer looking bugs. I can’t wait to get a few of these and try them out on a couple local holes. These flies just look too awesome not to catch gobs of trout! You can check out Don’s other creations at http://www.fantasyflies.com
These steps are just a guide for a simple ‘Juice-bug’ pattern. You can vary anything you want within the recipe, but my keys are clear mono, Ice-dub (cleanly roped with the rope-dub method), and Jelly-rope from Spirit River. Even these can be substituted, but the pattern will change a bit in looks. Once you get the steps mastered, you should be able to tie them in just over one minute each. Set them on a card and cement them (STEP 9) all at once. Then experiment to your heart’s content.
Step 1 – Size 10 shrimp or scud hook in vise, with 2# monofilament thread anchored from front to rear and back to front. Don’t need to cement for this fly.
Step 2 – Tie down a 2” long piece of Jelly-rope as shown with tight wraps from front to back, ending with compression wraps that squeeze the J-R. Use you fingers to position the rope top-center as you tie and after you are done with this step.
Step 3 – Rope-dub a fine rope of your favorite colors of Ice-Dubbing – no wax or loop needed if you use my rope-dubbing method.
Step 4 – Gap-wrap the rope forward, leaving clear J-R between each wrap. Build up the front end with multiple wraps of loosened Ice-Dub.
Step 5 – Pick out the Ice-Dub and tie on the bar-bell bead-eyes with just a few hold-down wraps.
Step 6 – Pull the J-R back over/between the eyes and tie with 4 or 5 snug wraps.
Step 7 – Snugly wrap the mono over the J_R towards the back to anchor it and make the bump-segments. Anchor off at the tail with 5 or 6 tight compression wraps, and whip finish at back end. Try not to wrap too much of the belly hairs as you go- weave through them.
Step 8 – Snip the tails where you want them, center the J-R on top, and pick out the belly hairs again for legs.
Step 9 – Position the fly as shown and soak with thinned vinyl cement or other thinned flexible cement that will penetrate all the materials and in between the J-R’s. This will allow the highlights of the Ice-Dub or other dubbings you use to penetrate and reflect through the clear J-R back-wrap.
July, 22, 2010 Copyright –all rights reserved. Permission granted to DailyFlytyer.com to re-print article- July 22, 2010 by Don Ordes
So I got home yesterday and found a package waiting. When I opened it up, I was pleasantly surprised to find this little monster hiding in the cardboard darkness. I quickly free him and escorted him to his new perch, away from animals who will want to tear him apart and high up from babies who will likely do the same. This fly is a monster coming in at something like 11/0 to 14/0 and encroaching on 8 inches. This is a great piece for my growing collection and one that will turn some heads.
This monster is a part of the Fantasy Fly collection dreamed up by Don Ordes of the Fantasy Fly Co. You can see the entire collection of Giant flies on Don’s site here. While you are there, be sure to visit his other galleries featuring some truly larger than life flies.