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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

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Rainbow Warrior – A great attractor fly pattern – McFly Angler

Rainbow Warrior – A great attractor fly pattern – McFly Angler fly tying tutorials
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This fly was originally created by Lance Egan, and is one of the best attractor patterns Ive ever fished. It’s flashy, bright, and effective. I love fishing this as my lead fly, then drop to something a bit more realistic behind it. My favorite flies to drop behind this are the RS2, Pheasant tail, or black beauty. All of which can mimic midge or Baetis pupa and emergers quite well.

So this fly can also be tied with a glass bead, and I believe originally it was created this way. However, I like using brass beads here because it gives the fly a bit more weight, and I really like using this as my lead fly, to help other flies sink better. The flashiness of this fly really helps attract trout up to it, but many times I find they will strike the tailing fly instead of the rainbow warrior. This does not mean its not effective, just the opposite. It is very effective to get the fish moving out of their hole, to come to take a look, but they elect to strike the less visible, and more realistic fly trailing it once they are close.

As always I am listing all the materials used on this fly, and linking to the best deals I can find online for them. All the links are to “the fly artist” as I have negotiated a discount for all of my subscribers. Type in McFly10 at checkout for your discount!

Hook I used: Firehole sticks #317 in size 18 –
Alternative Hook: Daiichi 1120 – https://ift.tt/2zqkiLy
Thread: Veevus 10/0 in Red – https://ift.tt/2P02iwv
Tail: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers – https://ift.tt/2zp9nSy
Abdomen/wingcase: Large sized Pearl Tinsel – https://ift.tt/2OXjUJt
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Head Cement: Hard as Hull Original – https://ift.tt/2OW6mhf

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