CRYSTAL BUGGER - Olive

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A great pattern for largemouth yellowfish, and trout in stillwaters. Use lighter colours
in clear water, and darker colours in murky water. Can be tied in a range of colours,
the most popular including olive (shown) and black
.

MATERIALS:

HOOK: Heavy Wire or Saltwater hook, #4 to #10.
BEAD HEAD: To match hook size, in brass, metal or tungsten.
TAIL: Marabou fibres, olive
BODY: Crystal Chenille, Olive
LEGS: Rubber, Mottled olive
FLASH: Crinkle Flash, light olive
THREAD: Olive 6/0
OPTIONAL: Lead wraps under body for additional weight, to achieve faster sink rate in deep water.

TYING INSTRUCTIONS:


Step 1. Debarb your hook, slip on the bead head and mount in your vise.
If required, put some lead wraps on the hook shank, start your thread and secure the
lead wraps with thread as shown.


Step 2. Tie in a clump of marabou fibres, as shown. The tail must be roughly the length of the hook.
Tie them in a bit longer, and then pinch off the fibres with your fingers, to get the correct length.
Then, tie in two strands of flash on either side of the tail. Snip to the length of the tail.


Step 3. In the centre, and about 3mm behind the hook eye, tie in two strands of rubber legs.
Don't cut them yet, we will do that later.


Step 4. Take the legs forward, and clamp them in a pair of hackle pliers, and wind them around
the shank behind the hook eye. This will keep them out of the way while you tie in the crystal chenille
.
At the back, just before the tail, tie in a strand of crystal chenille.



Step 5. Work the chenille forward by winding it around the hook shank. Stroke the chenille back on each turn, to
prevent the next wrap trapping down the previous wraps' fibres. When you get to the first set of legs, undo the legs
from the hackle pliers, and continue winding the chenille forward. As you get to the front legs. let them go out of the
hackle pliers. Now do the last two or so turns of chenille up to the bead head.



Step 6. Secure the chenille down with a few wraps of thread, right behind the hook eye.
Whip finish, cut the thread, and apply a drop of head cement to the thread wraps.



a Top view of the completed fly.


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