SALTY BUGGER

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A very simple fly to tie, but has accounted for fooling many species.
Your
options with this fly is endless! Developed for saltwater, but will fool trout too.
Perfect for
 springer, kingfish, shad (elf), wave garrick, karanteen, blacktail, mullet,
perch, kob, steenbras, kawa kawa, queenfish, and many more.


MATERIALS:

HOOK: # 2 - #6 (But try them all, from #8 to # 1/0...still effective)
TAIL: Marabou - in colours white, orange, chartreuse or pink (White is most popular)
BODY: Crystal Chenille, Pearl (or white)
BEAD: Brass, Lead or Tungsten to match hook size
THREAD: White 6/0
FLASH: Crinkle flash, pearl. (Optional)
Underbody: Lead wraps (optional)

TYING INSTRUCTIONS:

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Step1. Debarb the hook, slip on the bead, and start your thread. Take it back to just over halfway to the hook bend.

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Step2. Tie in a clump of marabou feathers, length should be 1.5 times the hook shank, even a bit longer.

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Step 3. Snip off the excess in front of the thread, and tie the ends down.
NOTE: a Good option here is to tie in two strands of pearl crinkle flash on either side of the
tail. The strands should be slightly longer than the tail.

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Step 4. If you want to add some weight, now wraps some lead wraps around the hook shank,
between the marabou you tied down and the bead head. Leave a little space between the bead and the lead,
so you have room to tie off the crystal chenille later. Secure the lead with a few criss-cross wraps of thread, as shown.

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Step 5. Take the thread back, and tie in the crystal chenille. It's a good idea to strip off a few strands of chenille at the end
before tying it in. It makes for a neater fly and makes it easier to tie in and to start winding it forward.

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Step 6. Wind the chenille forward, taking care to pull the fibres back after every wrap. This ensures a neater
appearance, and avoids the chenille flattening out under the next wrap. Bring it right to the front,
secure it with a few thread wraps, tie it off and apply some head cement to the thread wraps behind the bead.

You can also, instead of the white tail, use orange, pink, chartreuse and red marabou.


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