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BUGGER SWAP PATERN"S

These patterns are from the 1996 bugger swap from the Flyfish list

Beadhead sonuvabugger
Beadhead egg-sucking sonuvabugger
Spring murk bugger
P&G bugger
Beadhead flash bugger
Knob gobbler bugger
Oliver krystal flash bugger
Coffee bugger
Black and grizzly bugger
Oliver peacock beadhead bugger
Wooly bugger
The tassie bugger
Beadhead biot-tailed bugger
Uga - bugger
Black and blue bugger
Mini yellow cat's whisker
Tiger bugger
Purple egg sucking leach
Yellow and olive bugger
Crystal bugger
Black bomber
Big eyed mini - cat's whisker
Basic black bugger
Blue zulu bugger
B 9 wolly bugger
Big bad wild wacky wooly bow river bugger
Oliver snowshoe rabbit bugger
Peacock crystal bugger
Bow river bugger
The o Maple Dustero bugger
The oYucky-Bloodyo bugger
The oWhite Tailed Skunko bugger
Maligne lake special
Nite-glow bugger
The oPseudo Golden Stoneo bugger
Coneheaded black flashbugger
Rattle bugger
Megg A bugger
The Whorehouse Bugger
The puprle wooly bugger

BEADHEAD SONUVABUGGER Hook: Mustad 9672 Size 6 Bead head: GOLD - large Body: Olive or gray chenille Tail: Gray marabou Hackle: Hen Grizzly palmered length of body with 3 turns just behind bead. Allan Fish 1 afish@iquest.net Return to top ************************************************************************** BEADHEAD EGG-SUCKING SONUVABUGGER Hook: Mustad 9672 Size 6 Bead head: GOLD - large and add a little eggyarn behind it for color Body: Olive or gray chenille Tail: Gray marabou Hackle: Hen Grizzly palmered length of body with 3 turns just behind bead. Allan Fish 2 afish@iquest.net Return to top ********************************************************************** Spring Murk Bugger # 8 Gold BH Olive Body Olive tail w/ flash a bou Red /brown collared hackle PS, last week caught my 2nd biggest brown yet, an 18" monster on the Mad River in Ohio with this creation, I call "Spring Murk" Mark Blauvelt mark.blauvelt@lexis-nexis.com return to the top ********************************************************************** P&G Bugger(may be original, but I doubt it) Hook--4XL Size 2-14 (mine are 10) Thread--3/0 or 6/0 Black Tail--Black marabou Hackle--Grizzly Body--Peacock her l(three or four strands) The only special instructions for this Bugger involves the herl body. It *can* be braided(see SWMBO for instructions if you are male), or can be wrapped as usual. I would appreciate any feedback that would help my tying abilities. Rick Graves golfnut@interserf.net return to the top ********************************************************************** Bead Head Flash Bugger This easy to tie pattern is an adaptation of the Standard Wooly Bugger, with a different material to replace the chenille and hackle body. The material, called Estaz, is a nylon based strung chenille-like material covered with thin nylon barbs approximately a quarter-inch long. The barbs will flop around easily in the water, giving the appearance of motion, always helpful in attracting that hungry fish. I found this material at a needlework/cross-stitching specialty shop where my wife was shopping, a great location for finding fly tying materials. Try fishing this fly in any situation a normal Wooly Bugger would be used. I have had good luck using this fly in lakes for trout from a float tube, both trolled and with a hand-stripped retrieve. I expect bass would go after the fly also. I have used black, green and white. I have not yet found brown, but I'm expect it is available. Instructions: Hook: #6 to #12 Streamer 3XL or 4XL Head: Gold colored metal bead Tail: Marabou, color to match body Tail Accent: Red Flashabou Body: Estaz, black or other desired color 1. Slip the bead over the point of the hook and threadit up to the eye. 2. Tie in a shank length tail of marabou at the hook bend. 3. Take four strands of red Flashabou, or a similar material, and tie them in halfway along their length just in front of the tail. Four strands should be laying on both sides of the body. Wrap the thread back over the strands so that they lay over both sides of the marabou tail. 4. Tie in a length of Estaz at the base of the tail. Wrap the thread forward so that it covers the shank all the way to behind the bead. 5. Wrap a body with the Estaz up to just behind the bead. Work the barbs backward with your fingers on each successive turn to make sure they are not covered over with the next wrap. Tie off and trim the excess. 6. Whip finish right behind the bead. John Shannon jshannon@azlink.com return to the top ********************************************************************** "Knob Gobbler Bugger" Hook: #2 Long shank Mustad #36620 Tail: Dark olive green marabou Rib: Green coloured copper wire, as fine as you can find Weight: Lead shank or use a soldering gun to melt solder through the holes of the bead chain eyes Body: Dark olive green chenille large dia. Hackle: Dyed dark olive green saddle Eyes: Bead chain, 4mm. beads I have been fishing this one since 1987 on Maligne lake in Jasper National Park. A very good trolling fly for Rainbows and Brookies. If you increase the size of the eyes seems the size of the fish caught goes up too. Good in black for Browns, looks and moves like a leach. Fish it with lots of action, six inch pulls in very quick succession. While trolling keep twitching the rod tip continuously, so that the fly bobs along. Cast if you dare but I wouldn't use a long leader. I have also caught Pike on this fly in the spring, try it as a tandem lure but without eyes on the trailing hook. Wally Lutz whlutz@sas.ab.ca. return to the top ********************************************************************* Olive Krystal Flash Bugger Hook: Size 4/4XL weighted heavy Thread: Olive Tail: Olive Marabou with 3 to 5 strands of gold Krystal Flash on each side. Trim the Krystal Flash to same length as tail. The tail should be the same length as the body. Rib: Fine gold wire Body: Large Olive Chennile Hackle: Dyed Olive Grizzly saddle hackle palmered from front to back and held in place by wrapping the gold rib forward over the hackle. There is no wrong way to fish this fly. It is an excelent plunk and chance it fly for still water and slow spring creeks when there is no hatch. I have caught fish stripping the Gold KF Bugger like a streamer and I have caught fish just letting it sit. I have even caught fish the instant this fly hits the water. This fly has produced rainbows, browns, bass (large and smallmouth), perch, bluegill, steelhead, and the largest squaw fish I've ever seen. The long Maribou tail gives this bugger excelent movement while sitting still. The Maribou actually moves the Krystal Flash which enhances the fly ability to attract fish. The olive color passes for a dragon fly nymph in this part of the country. I have caught most of my fish on this fly by using the strip, strip, strip, strip sit retrive common to fishing any dragon. I usually fish this fly on an intermediate sinking line in 10' of water or less. Chris Waggoner CWAGGON@AOL.COM return to the top ********************************************************************** Coffee Bugger The Coffee Bugger is an excellent all-round float tube searching pattern that has enticed fish in every location it has been used. The fly has caught rainbows, brooks, and Atlantic salmon. The mottled body and specific colors seem highly attractive. The twisted body concept can be used to combine any two of your favorite colors, and I have even braided three colors prior to wrapping the hook shank. The pattern is a straightforward tie once you use the technique. Don't worry about losing this one...fish it. You'll be surprised. Hook: 2XL nymph hook, size 8 Thread: rust red Tail: dark brown marabou tips Body: beige and black vernille, or beige and black speckled chenille. with palmered dark brown or brown hackle Head: rust red, tied full to roundish. This is an unweighted pattern. I recommend using it with an intermediate line fished right off the bottom. Directions: 1. Debarb and sharpen hook 2. Start thread near eye and wrap shank tightly back to the hook bend. 2. Tie in 2 or 3 dark brown marabou tips for a full tail. Length equal to shank. 3. Tie in pairing of black and beige vernille, use pieces about 5" long for easy handling. 4. Tie in brown hackle just in front of the vernille. 5. Lightly touch with tying cement to secure. Now the only confusing part: 6. If you are right handed, twist the vernille pair tightly to the left. 7. Begin wrapping the vernille pair forward and with each wrap, twist the vernille pair tightly. As you wrap you should be tightening the twist not loosening it. 8. You control the body pattern by how tightly the vernille is twisted and how snugly you are wrapping the shank. If you find you are creating alternating stripes, most likely you started out by twisting the vernille pair in the wrong direction. The correct look is a more random mottled effect. Tie off vernille near the eye leaving room for the head. 9. Build up head slightly. 10. Palmer the hackle forward and tie off at head. 11. Finish wrap and cement head. Wes Wada wada@empnet.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Black and Grizzly Bugger Hook: Wet fly 4x long, sizes 6 to 12 Thread: Black 6/0 Weight: .20 lead, 10-13 wraps Tail: Black Marabou Hackle: Grizzly Body: Black Chenille 1. Start thread behind hook eye, wrap back to bend. 2. Add lead, starting on the shank above the hook's point. Wrap forward. Wind thread up lead once and back to bend in hook to keep lead from moving. 3. Tie in marabou at bend. Tail length should equal 2/3rds to full-length of hook. Lift the marabou, wrap thread toward the front of the hook (not over the feather), stopping after the lead ends. Tie down other end of the feather and trim butt. Spiral thread back to the hook's bend. 4. Tie in a single hackle with feather pointing toward rear of hook. Lift hackle stem, wrap thread forward, again stopping at point where lead ends. Tie down hackle stem and trim. Advance thread a few wraps toward hook's eye. This is where you tie in the chenille. 5. Tie in 5" length of chenille with 1/2" pointing toward the hook's eye and the rest pointing toward the hook's bend. Trim stub at front of hook. Hold long end of chenille above hook's shank and spiral the thread down the chenille to the hook's bend. Add a few securing wraps and advance the thread toward the hook's eye stopping just in front of where the other end of the chenille is tied in. 6. Wrap the chenille up the body in close, tight turns. Tie off end and trim. 7. Spiral the hackle up the fly's body in even wraps, using about 6-8 turns. Tie off hackle, trim stub and whip finish. John Snow john@nytimes.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Olive Peacock Beadhead bugger Hook Tiemco 300 6 thru 12 or equiv. Weighted Bead: Brass Sized to Hook Thread: 6/0 Olive Tail : Olive Marabou w/ Pearl Crystal Flash Body: 3 Peacock Herls Hackle: Olive Saddle Hackle 1. Debarb hook slide bead to eye of hook, lock in vise. 2. Start thread, wind behind bead to secure it and weight hook w/ lead wire 3. Run thread to rear of hook tie in Marabou tail and Crystal Flash ( about 6 strands of Crystal Flash) 4. Tie in 1 or 2 saddle Hackles by the tip of the feather (that way when you are finished winding the hackle you have the widest portion of the feather towards the front of the fly) 5. Tie in 3 Peacock Herls and advance the thread to just behind the bead. Carefully wrap the herls around the hook until you can tie off behind the bead. 6. Palmer wrap the hackle to the front of the fly and tie off behind the bead. 7. Whip finish, cement and fish. Wes Hull Whull@mail.bcpl.lib.md.us return to the top ********************************************************************** Here is the pattern for my wooly bugger. Its not real complicated - but they don't always have to be. HOOK: Mustad 9672 3X - weighted THREAD: Dk Brown Unithread 8/0 TAIL: Olive Marabou BODY: Olive Chenille - Fine HACKLE: Light Ginger Palmered over the body HEAD: Thread Lowell McDonald lowell@access.mountain.net return to the top ********************************************************************** The Tassie Bugger` Hook: Mustad 94840 or equivalent 8 - 10 Tail: Black marabou with fire orange glo-bug yarn or marabou side flashes Body: Variegated olive/black chenille Hackle: Soft balck palmered. Developed by John Bessell in Tasmania to imitate a local frog with hot orange inside thighs . David Churches davec@pcug.org.au return to the top ********************************************************************** Bead-Head Biot-Tailed Bugger Hook: Mustad 9671 or equivalent Thread: Color to match body Body: Fine chenille Tail: Goose biots Weight: 3/32" bead head and fine lead wire Hackle: Webby grizzly saddle hackle 1. Debarb the hook (optional, of course) 2. Slide the beadhead onto the hook 3. Tie in thread about half way between the bend and the eye of the hook and wrap towards the bend. 4. Tie in the goose biots as you would for a Prince Nymph. Note, the biots on this pattern extend considerably farther back than those on a Prince (3/4 to 1 inch depending on size of the fly). The tails can be split as on a Prince or tied in to form a single tail. 5. Tie in Fine chenille at the bend of the hook over the biot tail. 6. Tie in the saddle hackle immediately in front of the chenille. 7. Wrap on the lead wire from the hackle tie in point toward the eye of the hook (optional). Wrap the lead all the way to the the bead so that it presses the bead against the hook eye. 8. Wrap thread over lead wraps to secure. End immediately behind bead. 9. Wrap the chenille to the front of the hook, again, to a point immediately behind the bead. Tie off and trim. 10. Palmer the hackle through the body to the point at which the chenille was tied off. Tie off hackle and trim. 11. Whip finish immediately BEHIND the bead (no wraps in front of the bead). This pattern has saved many a bream fishing trip. Trout will take it but it works especially well for panfish. Black and olive combinations work well for bream. Try white, chartreuse, orange, lime green, and other bright colors for crappie. Color combinations are limited only by what the fish you're afret like and by your imagination. Tie up a bunch, hit your favorite pond, and have fun. Steve Davenport sdavenpo@avana.net return to the top ********************************************************************** Uga-Bug-ger hook=700-B Dai-Riki size 12 thread= olive 6/0 tail=olive marabou, with 4 strands green krystal flash body=x-tra fine olive chenille palmered hackle=badger hackle wing=4 strands green krystal flash When picking the badger hackle out get the ones that have alot of black in them. Tie in the tips frist so that when you have plamered it you have mostly black at the head, make about four wraps at the head. You should end up with a black looking ribbing. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me. Roger A Massey Roger_Massey@fuhsd.k12.ca.us return to the top ********************************************************************** "Black and Blue Bugger" Hook..................700 Dai-Riki Size 6 Thread................Black 6/0 Tail..........Black Marabou, with 4 strands blue Krystal Flash Body....... Black Chenille, with 4 strands blue Krystal Flash stripe Hackle.................Palmered Black Hackle Rib......................Fine Gold Wire Wind on thread base, weight lightly, tie in marabou tail, tie in gold rib, tie in 4 strands of Krystal Flash at midpoint of strands, tie in chenille and wind forward, bring 4 strands of Krystal Flash forward along lateral line and tie off at head, tie in hackle and palmer back to tail, wind gold wire forward over palmered hackle to head and tie off, whip finish. Joe Talbot wlybugger@aol.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Mini Yellow Cat's Whisker Hook: Mustad 9672, #10 Thread: Black 3/0 Tail: Yellow Marabou Body: Yellow chenille Wing: Yellow Marabou 1. Crimp down barb. Lay down a base of thread from behind eye to tail tie-in position. 2. Wrap desired amount of lead to weight hook. Build up thread behind and in front of lead to even out body; securing lead in place by wrapping thread front ot back and vise versa several times. Apply a coat of cement to wrapped lead (optional). Advance thread to front. 3. Tie in Marabou tail starting at the front and wrapping back to the tail tie-in position. Tail should be 1.5x to 2.0x shank length. Tie in a 2" piece of small yellow chenille at tail tie-in position. Advance thread to front and half hitch (helps when using a rotary vise). 4. Wrap chenille forward and tie off. Tie in wing (yellow maribou) so that it extends back to one shank length beyond tail tie-in position. I like to use a permanent marking pen to color the marabou butts, black in this case, so that the head 'looks' neater and the white and yellow doesn't show through after attaching the bead eyes and the head is wrapped. 5. Attach medium size silver bead chain eyes using figure eight wraps and making several turns under the eyes and over the shank to tighten up the threads. 6. Whip finish behind the bead chain eyes and cement. This flie is good in cloudy water, especially early in the season. Pattern taken from Bob Church's Guide to New Fly Patterns. ISBN 0- 88317-173-2 Tim Cavileer tcavileer@uidaho.edu return to the top ********************************************************************** Here the instructions for the Tiger Bugger, which is really just a standard wooly bugger tied with orange and black variegated chenille! Hook: Mustad 9672 2-10 Thread: Orange 6/0 Tail: Orange maribou Underbody: Lead free wire .025 Body: Orange/black variegated chenille Hackle: Brown or furnce saddle hackle palmered through body Wrap the hook shank with wire, leaving enough space at the tail and head for tying in the maribou and finishing the head. Wrap the thread starting at the eye, with a small build-up where the wire weight ends to prevent the wire from slipping during the tie. Wrap in open loops towards the bend, building up wraps at the end of the weight, again to prevent slippage. Wrap a layer of thread to the beginning of the bend. Tie the maribou for the tail a length of approximately 3/4 the length of the shaft. With a thumbnail remove the "fluff" from the last 1/8 of an inch from the chenille, exposing the thread underneath. Tie the chenille down onto the hook using this exposed thread. Select hackle slightly longer than the hook gap, strip the fluff from the stem, and tie in the hackle at the ben. Wrap the thread forward towards the head, leaving enough space for a whip finish. Wrap the chenille towards the head in closed loops, tie down, and trim. Wrap the hackle towards the head, with the stem wrapped in between the wraps of chenille if the hackle is long enough. Tie off at the head, whip finish the head, and coat with head cement. I've had the most luck with this pattern in size 8's, which is what I'm sending. Buggers out east tend to be slimmer than their western counterparts, hence a single wrapped body is what we tie. I have tied them as small as size 12 with some luck, but the 8 is really the one. There's something about the color orange in the Arkansas Ozarks tailwaters, where I've had the most luck with this pattern. I caught cutthroats and rainbows with it, and am looking forward to the opportunity to try it out west on a "big" river this summer! Robert Shearer shearer@usf.teradyne.com return to the top *********************************************************************** Purple Egg Sucking Leach thread: red or blaze orange hook #8 to #2 6X long body large or medium purple chenille and blaze orange chenille tail Purple marabou feathers hackle purple wet fly neck The tail should be about 1/3 the length of the hook shank. Don't tie it too far back or you will get a lot of missed strikes. Make sure that you get the whole tail of the feather with some body to it otherwise it will be too narrow when wet. Tie in the tail on the shank just behind and above the point of the hook. Tie on the purple chenille and the hackle at the tail. Wrap the chenille to the front leaving room for the orange "egg". Palmer the hackle to the front and tie off. Tie on the orange chenille and wrap to the head. Tie off and finish the head Frank Cada frank@hplvdj.lvld.hp.com OR dlgq72a@prodigy.com return to the top ************************************************************** Yellow & Olive Bugger Hook: Whatever you have alot of. I chose #8 Mustad 9671 Tail: "Grizzly Marabou"; Olive Hackle: Oversupply of greenish grizzly hackle? Use it. Chenille: Yellow, in one of those "in-between" sizes. Weight: Lead wire, wrapped full length. Clamp hook securely in your vise. Lay a thread base to the bend. Tie in the tail. Tie in the hackle, tip first. Tie in the chenille and wrap on the lead full length of the shank. Wrap the thread to the eye. Wrap the chenille to the eye. Wrap the hackle to the eye. Viola! Wolly Bugger. Mark Devino devino@mo.net return to the top ************************************************************** Crystal Bugger Hook: Mustad 38941 Body:Flash Chenille Tail:Red Marabou Hackle:Strung Grizzly Dyed Olive, palmered Thread:Olive 6/0 Paul M. Leong Paul_M_Leong@osbu_north.xerox.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Black Bomber thread: black 3/0 hook: Daiichi 1730 size 6 (bent-shank nymph hook, 3X long, round bend, down eye, 1X strong) eyes: lead dumbell painted red with black pupils tail: black maribou with red crystal flash body: black ice chenille Tie on thread at eye and cover the front (bent) portion of hook. Position eyes on top of hook midway on bent portion, tie down, and cement in place. Move thread to bend and tie on maribou tail equal to shaft length. Add three pieces of red crystal flash to tail (one on each side and on top). Tie in ice chenille and move thread to in front of eyes. Wind chenille forward and tie off in front of eyes. Form small head, whip finish and cement. Tom Conner tom.conner@ssc.msu.edu return to the top ********************************************************************** Big eyed mini-cat's whisker Thread: color to match or contrast to fly Hook: Mustad 80050BR size 8, or equivalent. Can also be tied with a down eyed hook. Tail: marabou tied in so it is three times the length of the hook with several stands of crystal flash (optional) Rib: fine copper wire (optional) Body: chenille or yarn Wing: marabou tied to bend of hook Eyes: rondell bead in color of your choice (red, chartreuse, purple, yellow, pink and crystal all work well) Tying instructions: Make eyes by placing mono or weed cutter line (it comes in colors) into beads and melting the ends with your burning tool. Place hook in vise, wrap underthread to hook bend. Tie in marabou so the tail is about three times the length of the hook. Tie in several strands of crystal flash but make it shorter so if you get short strikes, you can pinch off the marabou to the correct length. Tie in yarn or chenille. It works best to flip hook over and tie in the yarn on the underside clear up to the eye. This covers the bare hook and makes a better looking fly. Wind thread back to bend, tie in copper rib,(optional but it makes a much sturdier fly). Tie in eye. The underbody of marabou and yarn makes a nice seat for the eye to rest on. Be sure to leave enough room to make a few half hitches behind the eye when you tie off. Wind yarn body to behind eye and tie off. Counterwrap copper wire rib and tie off. Add marabou wing and tie down trimming the marabou so it falls between the two bead eyes. Add crystal flash if you desire. Whip finish and add a bit of head cement. Enjoy. These look much like small fry and take trout, pike, perch and bass. The marabou can be the same or a contrasting color to the eye. Joyce Westphal westphal@burgoyne.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Basic Black Bugger Here's my pattern - a basic wooly bugger. I'll tie it on theMustad size 8 AC9672. It will be tied weighted and I hope to tie it with a little modification. Michael Bliss mbbliss@vii.com return to the top ********************************************************************** BLUE ZULU BUGGER Hook:Mustad 79580 - or equivalent 4x streamer hook Thread:Grey - Pre-waxed Monocord Weight: 20 wraps of lead free wire - wrapped from midpoint of hook forward. Tail:Red Marabou Body:Black Chenille Body Hackle:Black Saddle Hackle - palmered forward Collar Hackle:Blue Guinea Hen Hackle Comments: After wrapping the weight, cover with thread wrapped back and forth from end to end several times and then coated with head cement. The "20 wraps" are for the size 6 hook I used for the swap. Adjust accordingly, as you go up or down in size. Have fun. Bob Hautala rhautala@moose.uvm.edu return to the top ********************************************************************** B9 Wooly Bugger. #8 Streamer hook Bronze Bead Black thread Black Marabou tail - enough, and then some more. Black Chenille Grizzly saddle hackle - tied in tip first at back Lead - 6 wraps of heavy gauge lead wire. They don't get more basic than this. It's very easy to tie, and very effective. My East Coast record (24" rainbow at Big Hunting Creek, January 6, 1995) was on one of these the bottom of a run/top of pool. These are heavy buggers, and get down to where the hawgs are!. Enjoy. William M. Malamud wmalamud@sysplan.com return to the top ********************************************************************** Pattern: "BIG BAD WILD WACKY WOOLY BOW RIVER BUGGER" Origin: a Todd Blackwell modified pattern original discussed on the banks of the Bow River with since deceased Mike "The Griz" Grisham.....bless his soul. Hook: Mustad 3665A - Size #2 Thread: Black 3/0 Unithread Weighted: lead wire .025 dia. wrap from head to tail. Tail: Marabou, assorted colors, combine colors, 'big and bushy', tail length 1.5 x hook shank., combined with 8-10 strands of krystal flash, flashabou, tinsel, again..the more the contrast the better. Rib: assorted materials, mylar tinsel, copper wire, flashabou, gold cord, silver. Body: Chenille, assorted colors, wrap big and bushy Hackle: rooster neck/saddle....assorted colors, usually contrasting colors. Collar: palmered marabou, assorted contrasting colors to the chenile body. Head: bead glass eyes, brass, gold, silver, copper bead... Fishing Tatics: These Big 'Buggers' are best fished in high off colored waters usually associated with spring run- off. Fish `em...deep and slow along swolen riverbanks..back eddys....and tail-outs ....usually dead drifted....then watch for takes on the 'swing' and a slow retrieve., will produce strikes. Have fun! I met Mike 2 years ago....on a secluded stretch of the Bow river 2 miles downstream of Calgary. He was then 83, and said he had been fishing the river for 60 years. Wow...I thought at the time, I had hit the Motherlode of Bow river secrets...yet I soon discovered Mike was 'loner'. And much to my chagrin most of his secrets died with him. It was mid-june and I was having horrible luck drifting a size 12 'prince nymph' with a size 14 bead-head GRHE as a dropper through dark muddied high waters typical of the 'Rocky Mountain' runoff. Mike was upstream....a couple of hundred yards ...and every few minutes...he'd have a fish on....I lost count, but by the end of the morning it was Todd...0...and Mike at least 10...many of his trout exceeded 20 inches!. With a little bit of courage....and intrepidation I slowly approached Mike and introduced myself. He just nodded and continued to fish. That was Mike's way. I gently asked ....so whatcha using?.... I could see his backstiffen.....and I was sure I had insulted him...so I quickly apologized and headed as far downstream as possible. But before I could take three steps...Mike turned around...with a beautiful 18 inch rainbow on the line and said " oh....just using my favorite "BIG BAD BUGGERS". I sat on the bank and watched how gracefully Mike landed the fish.. how he released it by gently dislodgeing the hook with his hands and guiding the fish out into deeper water once it was fully revived. It was almost as if the fish knew Mike...and Mike certaintly knew the fish. After about an hour of watching Mike land another 6 or so fish...he wound up his line...and walked over to where I was sitting...and said...aren't you gonna fish?..I said.." If it was OK I'd just watch him"...heck I thought I can fish anytime...but to observe a master was truly a privilege. He then opened a very large fly box....and to my huge surprise displayed an assortment of no less than 50 buggers...all tied differently...all tied beautifully...and all tied 'BIG'...and 'Colorful"! They were all tied on #2, sproat hooks...and had every combination and color contrast you could think of. Some had eyes....some had bead-heads....some had hackle....others didn't...but what they all had in common is that no two looked alike...and that they were big, and flashy, and unique. Mike then continued to explain, in a very slow and methodical way...like a teacher to his student....how he return to the top *************************************************************************************************************** Olive Snowshoe Rabbit Bugger Hook: Mustad 9671 or 3906B Thread: Olive 3/0 Tail: Olive dyed Marabou Body: Blended olive dyed Ram's wool and snowshoe rabbit foot hair. Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle palmered style. 1. Form an underbody by wrapping the lead wire from the eye to the bend (Leave about 1/16 in. space at each end. 2. Wrap a base of 3/0 olive monocord from eye to base. Tie in the tail. 3. Apply a blended dubbing of olive dyed Ram'sWool and white Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Hair to the thread and wind forward forming a tapered body. 4. Tie in the hackle and wind the thread back to the tail at the bend of the hook using wide wraps as a rib. Wind the hackle palmer style back to the tail and tie off with several wraps or a half hitch. 5. Wrap the thread forward moving it back anf forth to ensure the thread slips between the hackle fibers, thus binding down the hackle. 6. Tie a neat head with the thread and whip finish. Coat with head cement. Notes: This is a variation of a olive chenille wooly bugger. I believe it looks more realistic than using chenille. Let me know how it works for you. Wraping the hackle back rather than forward accomplishes two thing. It form a rib for the hackle to follow and it also allows you to bind down the hackle, thus forming a more durable fly. I use head cemnet on the hook and the lead wire before wrapping a base. This will produce a much more durable fly. I have found that this fly will last much longer than other buggers tied without the head cement base. For the black I just substituted Iron Grey thread, black Ram's Wool and used a light brown saddle hackle. All the other ingredients and instructions are the same. Dale F. Bonney dbonney@postoffice.ptd.net return to the top *********************************************************************** ********************************************************************** Peacock Crystal Bugger Hook: Mustad 79580 sz 6 (or other streamer hook) Thread: 3/0 Black Eyes: Bead Chain section-a drop of super glue over thread keeps it in place Tail: Black Marabou Body: Peacock Ice Chenille Hackle: Palmered starting with the hackle tip at the tail Tied by: John Kanengieter, Lander WY-where fish mistake streamers for appetizers jdk@nols.edu return to the top ********************************************************************** Here is the BOW River Bugger pattern: Tail: black marabou with electric blue crystal flash bands on both sides (5-6 pieces is good). Body: olive chenille with back hackle palmering. Head and collar: deer hair tied muddler head style. Weight: 15-20 lead wraps or copper (I have lots of it). Hook: 3X Mustad (the xxxxxx41 or the salmonfly hook). This fly is is always heavliy weighted so it will get down in the fast currents of Western Canada. Al Grombacher grombachera@phibred.com return to the top ********************************************************************** The “Maple Duster” Bugger Hook Mustad 36620 Size 10, 5XL Thread Danville Flat Waxed Black Weight 8-10 wraps .015 lead-free wire Tail Sand Grizzly Mini-Marabou Rib .0055 Copper Wire Body Maple Mohair Yarn Flash 2 strands Copper/Blue Krystal Flash, as lateral Hackle Ginger China Saddle Hackle (from feather duster) 1. Apply lead to front 1/3 of hook. Anchor-wrap with tying thread and apply a coat of head cement. 2. Wrap thread to back of lead and tie in 2 feathers for tail, equal in length to the hook shank. Anchor tail firmly and take two wraps between tail material and shank to “lift” the tail. 3. Tie in ribbing, followed by body material, on top of hook. 4. Tie in saddle hackle by its base at rear of hook on side nearest you. 5. Wrap body material forward, back to rear and forward again to form a full, even body. Tie off and apply a drop of head cement. 6. Tie in 2 strands of Krystal Flash at the front of the body so that it extends back along both sides to the end of the tail. Take one wrap of ribbing up on body to hold the flash in place along the sides. 7. Palmer wrap hackle forward, spaced evenly and tie off. 8. Wrap ribbing forward between wraps of hackle and tie off. 9 .Whip finish head and apply two coats of head cement. NOTES: I roll this Bugger slowly along the bottom in ANY water conditions. Seems to be accepted as a Crawfish or LARGE Golden Stone Nymph. Larry Medina LJMARM@ibm.net return to the top ************************************************************** The “Yucky-Bloody” Bugger Hook Mustad 36620 Size 8, 5XL Thread Danville Flat Waxed Chartreuse Weight 10-12 wraps .015 lead-free wire Tail Chartreuse Grizzly Mini-Marabou Rib .0055 Red Copper Wire Body Maroon Mohair Yarn Flash Holographic Fly Flash, as lateral Hackle Chartreuse Grizzly Saddle Hackle Eyes 5/32” Black “Pearls by the Yard” 1. Apply lead to front 1/3 of hook. Anchor-wrap with tying thread and apply a coat of head cement. 2. Wrap thread to back of lead and tie in 2 feathers for tail, equal in length to the hook shank. Anchor tail firmly and take two wraps between tail material and shank to “lift” the tail. 3. Tie in ribbing, followed by body material, on top of hook. 4. Tie in saddle hackle by its base at rear of hook on side nearest you. 5. Wrap body material forward, back to rear and forward again to form a full, even body. Tie off and apply a drop of head cement. 6. Tie in a strand of Holo Fly Flash at the front of the body so that it extends back along both sides to the end of the tail. Take one wrap of ribbing up on body to hold the flash in place along the sides. 7. Palmer wrap hackle forward, spaced evenly and tie off. 8. Wrap ribbing forward between wraps of hackle and tie off. 9. Fasten a pair of 5/32” black eyes to top of hook with figure 8 wraps. 10.Whip finish head and apply two coats of head cement. NOTES: I fish this Bugger across and down in high water conditions. Strike typically occurs as fly “rises” at the end of the cross-current swing. Larry Medina LJMARM@ibm.net return to the top ************************************************************** The “White Tailed Skunk” Bugger Hook Mustad 36620 Size 10, 5XL Thread Danville Flat Waxed Black Weight 6-8 wraps .015 lead-free wire Tail White Blood Quill Marabou Stripe Black Rug Yarn, tied lengthwise on top of body Body White Angora Yarn Hackle Black Saddle Hackle 1. Apply lead to front 1/3 of hook. Anchor-wrap with tying thread and apply a coat of head cement. 2. Wrap thread to back of lead and tie in 1 feather for tail, equal in length to the hook shank. Anchor tail firmly and take two wraps between tail material and shank to “lift” the tail. 3. Tie in body material, followed by stripe material on top of hook. 4. Tie in saddle hackle by its base at rear on side nearest you. 5. Wrap body material forward, back to rear and forward again to form a full, even body. Tie off and apply drop of head cement. 6. Pull stripe over top and tie off at front of the body. 7. Palmer wrap hackle forward, spaced evenly and tie off. 8 .Whip finish head and apply two coats of head cement. NOTES: I use this Bugger in late evening or other low-light conditions. Toss across the current and strip in quick short jerks across the tops of deep pools, or in front of rocks or logs. Larry Medina LJMARM@ibm.net return to the top ********************************************************************** MALIGNE LAKE SPECIAL HOOK- 9671 size 8 to 4 TAIL- Black Marabou and Rainbow flashabou-accent BODY- Green Ultra Chenille HACKLE- Long Black Neck Hackle THREAD- Green The Maligne Lake Special is just one of thousands of adaptations of the Wooly Bugger. I particularly like this pattern, because the flash-a-bou in the tail, makes a excellent attractor when fishing big deep lakes. The only difficult part of tying this fly is getting a good balance of marabou and flashabou in the tail, other wise the rest is your basic Wooly Bugger. When tying this fly, I like to use a large hook, basically because its an attractor pattern and the bigger the better for Maligne Lake. Tying: 1) Take a medium bunch of marabou and tie it in at the bend of the hook. 2) Then take a equal amount of flashabou and tie it in on top of the marabou. 3) Repeat step one and tye in another clump of marabou. 4) Wrap your thread foward to within an eye width of the eye and tie in the tip of your ultra chenille. Lash the ultra chenille to the shank back to the tail. This helps to create a thicker body. 6) Now tie in a long black neck hackle. 7) Ok now wrap the chenille forward over the built up body and tie off. 8) Next palmer the hackle forward over the body about 6 wraps, and then tie off. 9) Build up a nice tapered head and whip finish, a dab of head cement and good luck fishing. Mountain Lakes Mark Wood no email address at this time return to the top ********************************************************************** Nite-glow Bugger (Gobbled up by the Postmaster!!!!) Hook:#8 2x long wet flyhook Thread:black 3/0 monocord Tail:Olive Marabou Hackle:Brown Grizzly Saddle Body:Glow-in-the-dark yarn pompom (taken apart and used in dubbing loop) Jim Peterson dlmiller@wolf.co.net ************************************************************** The “Pseudo Golden Stone” Bugger Hook Mustad 9671 Size 8, 2XL Thread Danville Flat Waxed Black Weight 6-8 wraps .015 lead-free wire Tail Bronze Marabou Ribbing Dk Gold Buttonhole Twist Thread Stripe Dk. Brown Rug Yarn, tied lengthwise on top of body Body Aztec Gold Dazzleaire Yarn Hackle Furnace Hackle 1. Apply lead to front 1/3 of hook. Anchor-wrap with tying thread and apply a coat of head cement. 2. Wrap thread to back of lead and tie in 1 feather for tail, equal in length to the hook shank. Anchor tail firmly and take two wraps between tail material and shank to “lift” the tail. 3. Tie in ribbing material on near side of hook. 4. Tie in body material, followed by stripe material on top of hook. 5. Tie in hackle by its base at rear on side nearest you. 6. Wrap body material forward, back to rear and forward again to form a full, even body. Tie off and apply drop of head cement. 7. Palmer wrap hackle forward, spaced evenly and tie off. 8. Use one hand to “gather hackle” and pull fibers downward, to underside of hook. With the other hand, pull stripe over top and tie off at front of the body. 9. Wind ribbing forward over stripe and through hackle fibers. Tie off and trim off all hackle fibers sticking up from back of fly. 10 .Whip finish head and apply two coats of head cement. NOTES: I use this Bugger throughout the season fro trout to simulate a LARGE Golden Stone Nymph. It’s also been effective on Bass and Sunfish in brackish water....no idea what they’re taking it for maybe a small perch?? Toss up and across the current and let roll on the bottom near bank, in deep pools, or in front of rocks or logs. Larry Medina (submitted for Jim Peterson) LJMARM@ibm.net return to the top ************************************************************** Coneheaded Black FlashBugger Hook Mustad size 2 Head Orvis med. brass cone Thread black Weight lead wire 6 wraps Tail black marabou w/ 4 strands flashabou body black chennille w/ silver thread Hackle black D. Risney DRisney@aol.com ************************************************************** Rattle Bugger The Rattle Bugger isn't really a pattern as much as it is a wooly bugger modification. It's based on the saltwater fly, Cave's Rattler. It may not be much to look at, but it is something to listen to. Wrap a good thread base on a long-shanked hook. Tie in marabou tail, and flash if desired, Tie in a saddle hackle by the tip. Strip the fluff from the stem, but leave about 1 turn of webby fluff at the base. Tie in chennile or other body material. Attach the glass or plastic rattle (the kind used by bass fisherman to insert into plastic worms) to the top of the hook. Buy the smallest rattles you can find. Even these limit you to about size 6 hooks at the smallest. Lead may be added, but needs to be added as strips along the side or bottom of the shank. The rattle needs to be thoroughly attached, with tight thread wraps and head cement. Wrap the chennile forward to the eye of the hook. Palmer the hackle forward and tie off. I use the rattle bugger in off color water, and it outfishes a more silent fly for both trout and bass. On its maiden voyage last year, the rattle bugger caught a 20" rainbow that was the only fish of the day. J. Woodling JWoodling1@aol.com return to the top ********************************************************************* Megg A Bugger Hook: Mustad long shank, sizes 1/0 - 4/0 Thread: Black 3/0 Tail: Maribou fibers & Krystal Flash Body: Cactus Chenille with Palmered Marabou Head: Craft Fur with painted eyes Color Any 1. Tie in the tail & attach the Chenille at the bend of the hook. 2. Tie in a long soft stemmed Marabou feather at bend of hook. 3. Wind Cactus Chenille forward leaving 3/8 in space for head. 4. Palmer the Marabou forward and tie off. 5. Cut off a pinch of Craft fur (under fur and the long hairs). Tie the fur in the same manner as you would Deer hair, repeat to form a thick tightly packed ball. Then trim the head to shape, leaving some long hairs running down the top of the fly. For eyes use Fabric paint (found at most craft stores) or Dumbell Eyes can be used if weight is desired, NOTE: The Marabou I use comes from the Craft stores, They have bags of long stemmed feathers that work better than the kind sold for fly tying. Nic Blackwell up421@lfkw9.bgm.link.com ]return to the top **************************************************************** The Whorehouse Bugger Hook: Mustad 79580 #4-16 Bead Head: Silver Bead Thread: Red Tail: Cerise Marabou Rib: Cerise Saddle Hackle Body: Red Estaz This bugger was created one night sitting on the banks of the Shennandoah just across the stream for Harry Murray's Fly Shop, Drug Store and Lunch Counter. David Allerton and I were watching mayflies hit the Coleman Lanterns and tying up buggers for the next day's fishing when he reached into his stash and tossed some cerise marabou in my direction saying: "think that you can tie one with that that will catch fish?" Never one to turn down a challenge, I proceeded to pull out some cerise saddle hackle a silver bead and red estaz and produced The Whorehouse Bugger. The next day much to both of our delights it did actually catch some Smallmouth on the Shennandoah. Experimentation proved it to be most effective in low visibility conditions: morning, evenings and murky water. L.J. DeCuir decuir@UTKVX.UTK.EDU return to the top *************************************************************** The Purple Wooly Bugger Hook: size 4 Salmon Fly Hook, Mustad 36890 Thread: Black Weight: lead free wire (.035) Ribbing: Copper wire or Gold Tinsel (fine) Hackle: Purple Hackle Tail: Purple Marabou Body: Purple Chenille Body Stripe: Rainbow Krystal Flash 1) Tie in the thread, wrap 15 - 20 wraps of wire for weight, and wrap thread over the weight so it won't move. TIP: The placement of the wire on the hook shank is important, since it will determine the position of the center of gravity of the fly. The center of gravity acts as a pivot point when the fly is fished and being stripped through the water. (Think of the hook shank as a lever.) If the pivot point is way back at the bend of the hook, the tail will have no movement or action. If the pivot point is all the way foward at the eye, the fly will have too much action and flutter and will not "swim" realisticly. The correct pivot point is a little less than half of the way down the shank from the eye. This means starting the wire wraps just a little more than half way and wrapping foward leaving a good quarter inch between the last wrap and the eye. 2) One key to tying this pattern is getting the order of materials tied in correctly at this point. At the start of the bend, in the following order tie in the gold tinsel ribbing, the purple hackle, the chenille, and the purple marabou. The purple hackle fibers should be 1-1/2 to 2 times as wide as the hook gap. The length of the purple marabou should be as long as the body. Tie it in last and run the excess material up the length of the shank, over the wire weight, and tie it off at the foward end of the weight. Leave plenty of room to tie off the remaining materials. TIP: A simple material clip: I bought a small spring about an inch long at my local hardware store. I stretch the spring aroung the sleeve that holds the jaws on my vise (a Thompsom Pro). (Think of a ring on a finger.) The spring is great on a pattern like this one and I can hold all four of those materials in place with out them dangling and twisting around one another. 3) With the marabou tied in and the thread foward of the weight, wrap the chenille and form the body. Tie it off forward of the weight. 4) This is the easiest step to forget! Take about 4-5 strands of krystal flash a foot long and tie them in at the center of the strand. Tie them in right were the chenille body ends. Pull back on the strands so that one half runs down the far side of the fly and the other half on the near side. 5) Pulling back on the krystal flash and positioning the strands so they run evenly down the length of the chenille body, start wrapping the hackle, palmered style, around the chenille body and over the krystal flash. Tie off when you reach the thread. 6) Rib the gold tinsel around the chenille body wrapping in the opposite direction that you wrapped the hackle. Tie off when you reach your thread, wrap a small head, and tie off the fly. 7) All that remains to do is to clip the krystal flash to length. Grab the strands, measure to the length of the tail, pull the marabou out of the way, snip, and your done. Oh yeah, apply liberal amounts of head cement or lacquar for a shiny black head. M. Valentiner MValentiner@winternet.com return to the top ***************************************************************