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.
It’s groundhog Day woodchuck chuckers and so after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. I just finished watching my obligatory session of the movie Groundhog Day and now I offer you a selection of flies inspired by the hair of the great hog (rat….)
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