Barry and Cathy Beck

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Tying the Super Bugger

Thanks to everyone who came to see my fly tying demonstration at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ. As requested, here are the tying instructions for Cathy's Super Bugger which is the fly I tied at the show. Please let us know if you have any questions. Enjoy tying & fishing the Super Bugger. It's a great fly. Barry

Cathy Beck’s Super Bugger

Sizes: 6 & 8
Colors: Tan, Black, Olive
Hook: Tiemco 3761
Thread: Tan, Black, Olive
Tail: Tan, Black or Olive Blood Feather overlay 6 strands Krystal Flash in corresponding color.
Rib: Hareline dyed grizzly hen body feathers, available from AA Outfitters, aaoutfitters.com, 800-443-8119 or  Tan, black or olive.
Legs: Two rubber sili-legs. Root beer, black or olive.
Eyes: Lead eyes painted yellow and black.  XS on size 8, small on size 6.
Head: Spiked dubbing figure-eighted around the eyes. Or, dubbing brushes if available.


The idea for Cathy’s Super Bugger was to design a fly that would create more underwater vibration or noise which would help fish locate and find the fly. The combination of the thick web hackle body and the sili-legs pushes the water as the fly is retrieved, creating noise and vibration. Having the eyes tied on top of the hook inverts the fly as it is being retrieved, gives it a more leech-like action in the water, and keeps it from fouling on the bottom.

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