Like the Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph, the Zug Bug is a
pattern I just couldn't leave out of this book*, even though
it is included in many other books. This is one that you
simply should not be without.
Text and photos by Steve Probasco
Hook: Daiichi 1710, sizes 6 - 16.
Thread: Black or olive.
Tail: Peacock herl.
Body: Peacock herl.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Hackle: Furnace, sparse, tied beard-style.
Wingcase: Woodduck flank or turkey quill, clipped short.
1. Tie in a short tail of peacock herl.
2. Secure a piece of oval silver tinsel and several strands
of peacock herl as shown.
3. Wind herl forward to form the body.
4. Wind tinsel forward.
5. Tie in a furnace hackle in at the head.
6. Wind the hackle a couple turns pulling the fibers to the
bottom of the hook and securing as a beard. Tie in a section
of woodduck flank or turkey quill as shown.
7. Clip quill short forming a wingcase, finish head and
cement to complete the Zug Bug.
Fishing the Zug Bug:
Fished in the same manner as the Hare's Ear Nymph, the Zug
Bug generally imitates food items like mayfly and damselfly
nymphs, caddis pupae, etc. One thing that contributes to the
effectiveness of this fly, I'm sure, is all the peacock
herl used in the tying process. ~ Steve Probasco
*This fly is from Probasco's Favorite Northwest Flies,
Published by Frank Amato Publications! We thank them for