Zug Bug – Nymph that imitates nothing – McFly Angler
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The Zug bug is a fly that works really well, however it doesn’t seem to resemble any particular bug specifically. Not sure really what it is supposed to mimic. Some say caddis (cased or pupa), and while that could be, it really isn’t a good representation. However, that means nothing in fishing. Something doesn’t have to look identical to a forage for a fish to eat it. And trout love this fly. I find especially in the winter time for some reason. Although I have had them take this fly year round.
The fly is also relatively easy to tie compared to some other flashy patterns like copper johns or prince nymphs (both of which also don’t mimic anything specific, but trout love them!).
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Hook I used: Firehole Sticks #609 in size 14
Alternative Hook: Daiichi 1560
Thread: Veevus 6/0 in Black
Tail: Peacock Swords
Ribbing: Silver Tinsel
Body: Peacock Hurl
Hackle: Hen neck or saddle
Wing Case: Natural Mallard Flank
Head Cement: Original Hard as Hull
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The CDC Budding Beatis Emerger is the perfect little parachute dry fly to float down a narrow trout stream this spring. The fly is a little more advance for a beginner fly, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from giving it a try. The fly uses a stripped peacock herl for the abdomen. You can make these easily by either putting the herl sit in a bleach solution for a couple minutes, or using a finger or an eraser to strip away the fibers (see video below). The second hitch will be the dubbing loop and the block. If you have a set of the Marc Petitjean Magic Tools, you are golden, but you can also improvise some of your own tools with a chip clip (or a bulldog clip) and some sticky backed foam.
CDC Budding Beatis Emerger Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Fine Wire Scud #16 – #20
Thread: Olive 16/0
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl
Thorax: Olive Dubbing
Wingpost: White Foam
Hackle: Slate Grey CDC
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Jim Misiura’s Youtube page.
this is a cool looking fullback style fly presented by Mr. Dave Cammiss. Dave presents some of the history of this pattern in the video along with some great instruction. The name Jersey Herd has interesting roots and the story that goes along with this fly is quite interesting. This video is number 17 in Dave’s Learn Fly Tying beginners series.