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|Name ||Glo-Bug |
|Category ||Pacific Salmon/Steelhead |
|Hook ||Dai-Riki 135-C, Tiemco TMC 2457, Daichii 1130, or similar, size 8-14 |
|Body ||Colored fluorescent glo-bug yarn. Productive colors include chartreuse, egg yellow, hot orange, pink, and
red, salmon-egg pinks, reds, and oranges,
and combinations, such as chartreuse and red |
|Thread ||3/0 Kevlar thread, color to match the yarn. |
Glo-Bugs are perhaps one of the most popular and deadly egg imitations that have ever been used for steelhead, salmon, and trout. It, like most egg imitations is fished dead-drift, bounced along the bottom, to simulate an egg, broken loose from the redd and drifting through runs. Their is an endless variation of colors for this imitation and glo-bug yarn is the most popular choice for tying it. The glo-bug yarn takes on a translucent look and feel underwater which can be very attractive to most fish.
1. Start by winding thread around the hook near the eye and then to just past the half-way point of the hook shank.
2. Select a yarn
color and cut two pieces into half-inch strips. Place one on top of the hook shank and one on the bottom.
3. Secure the yarn in the middle with two or three wraps. On the last turn, pull the thread taut, so that the yarn
fibers flare and spin around the hook shank. Move the thread slightly ahead, gently pulling the thread through the
fibers. Lock the thread with a drop of head cement.
4. If you want to add an "eye" or "blood spot," take a contrasting-colored strand of yarn about the thickness of a roofing nail. Place it on the top of the hook shank and tie it in, making sure the
fibers stay on top of the hook.
5. Tie another two pieces of yarn on the shank, the same way as the first step. Bring the thread to the front, whip-finish, cut the thread, and hit the knot with cement.
6. Tease the
fibers with a dubbing needle, so they sprout from the hook, forming a circle around the shank.
7. Place the hook back in the vise and trim to shape. With one hand, pull all the
fibers up and, using a half-moon pattern, clip the excess yarn.
8. Remove the fly from the vise, brush the
fibers around with your fingers, and continue to clip them to the desired shape and size.