The Bruiser Bugger is the latest creation from Cheech and Curtis of Fly Fish Food. The pattern is fairly straight forward and incorporates elements from some of the hundreds of Woolly Bugger variations that have evolved since it’s inception by Russel Blessing (1935-2009) as a bass fly.
Silicone legs are one of my new favourite materials to tie with and I’ve replaced all of my rubber leg materials with them. Rubber tends to deteriorate in a short time, so if you have a habit of tying in bulk and stocking your box, by the time you get around to fishing with the rubber legged flies, the rubber may be brittle. I’ve had this happen in a few months in the past and more or less stopped using rubber.
And I almost forgot, be sure to mark up the fly so you don’t miss out on that extra 37% catch rate.
Bruiser Bugger by Fly Fish Food fly pattern recipe
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #2
Thread: Veevus GSP 50 denier
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Eyes – Large Yellow/White & Black
Tail: Prime Marabou yellow and brown (rootbeer)
Body: Cactus Chenille Rootbeer
Hackle: Hackle Yellow
Legs: Silicon Streamer Legs
Head: Ice Dub Pheasant Tail
Overwing: Bruiser Blend dubbing Canary
You can find materials and check out other variations of the fly on FlyFishFood.com
Dustin is fast becoming a fly tying pro on youtube and here is one of his latest offerings, the Pass Lake Fly. The fly has a traditional feel to it, and it’s one I’ve seen being used in Manitoba a few years ago, hunting for trophy tiger trout in Pybus Lake. It has a coachman feel to it for sure, and when fishing the lakes, it did well being trolled behind a float tube, or cast.
This is popular fly when fishing for brookies on the rivers of Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. It can be swung through pools, along undercut banks, and under overhanging vegetation and other overhead cover. This fly also works well when casted downstream and erratically stripped back upstream. I hope you enjoy this pattern.
There are thousands of variations of Russel Blessing’s Woolly Bugger out there, and I like to tie a few for a couple of my boxes. I’ve even been known to tie a few up for my pike box. Here is a cool variation from Lou DiGena (http://flyandfin.blogspot.com/) that I really liked and wanted to share. I am picky about my own buggers and hate seeing poorly tied or monotone flies. Patterns that incorporate grizzly or badger hackles with a nice taper in the hackle are always welcome in my box. Lou uses pearl braid as the body material here and when the hackle is wrapped to sit between the wraps of the braid, it will really add some durability to the pattern. That combined with the counter wrapped wire will make sure it sees many fish before it needs to be retired. Enjoy the show and drop by Fly and Fin to thank Lou for the video! Also be sure to check out their other content on their youtube page.