The Conehead Foxy Crystal Bugger is a departure from the original black and olive bugger Russell Blessing first cast many years ago. I use dyed fox tail hair in place of marabou. It maintains most of the action of marabou and adds extra durability for fishing hard-hitting trout and bass.
You can tie this in any of the standard Woolly Bugger colors such as the traditional black & olive, purple, claret, white, Chilli Pepper (brown and orange), browns or any combination. The cone, along with some extra body weight ensures this fly sinks deep and fast, perfect for stillwater or floating down the river.
Throw this fly at trout, bass, anything you think might take a swipe. Buggers have been tied to represent many prey items such as helgramites, minnows, crayfish, stonefly nymphs, amphibians or leeches.
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Cone Head Foxy Crystal Bugger
Hook: 3-4xl Streamer hook Mustad 9672
Bead: 5mm Brass cone
Thread: Olive 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Olive fox tail hair
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Rib: Copper wire
Body: Olive Estaz
Hackle: Olive saddle hackle
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The Stone Bugger is a cold fusion of a bugger and a stone nymph pattern from Sport Fishing on the Fly (SPOTF) and Don Freschi. This pattern comes from the season 8 episode 4, “Spring on the Columbia”. There is a pictorial step by step here. This should be a great pattern for both stream and stillwater fishing. Brown, olive, and golden colors should be tied, and a range of sizes in #12-#4, should be a good fit. I’m off to the vise to try a few of these right now.
Stone Bugger Fly pattern Recipe
Hook: Size 6 TMC 2302
Thread: Wapsi UTC 70 Black
Tail: Brown Marabou
Weight: 0.020 Lead Wire
Wingcase: Flexcement covered Turkey feather
Body: Fiery Brown Angora Goat Dubbing
Legs: Hungarian Partridge
You can follow Sport Fishing on the Fly on Youtube and visit the show website for more fly tying information by heading to SFOTF.ca.
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
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