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Friday, January 16, 2009

Tube Fly: The Raccoon Bugger

A tube fly adaption to the ever changing Woolly Bugger!

Step #1: Take a 1.0 inch section of Eumer small plastic tubing and insert into a 1.5 inch section of large Eumer plastic tubing. The small tubing should be inserted roughly .5 inches into large tubing and a drop of super glue applied. Attach black 6/0 thread and wind toward rear of tube, stop just in front of were the small tubing ends inside the large tube.

Step #2: Attach a small clump of 3.0 inch long black finn raccoon hair as the tail. Make sure raccoon hair covers 360 around large tubing. attach 6 strands of copper Flashabou over the tail.

Step #3: Apply an even body of Hare Line Peacock Ice Dubbing. This can be done in a dubbing loop or the standard method, were directly applied onto the thread. If you use the standard method, comb out material with dubbing brush.

Step #4: If front of newly created body, attach one brown and on black schlappen feather. Palmer (wrap) both feathers in together to form an evenly blended hackle collar.

Step #5: Create a small thread head in front of hackle and apply a drop of Zap-A-Gap. While the glue is still wet, cut the tying thread and slide on a large pink Eumer cone head.

Final: Trim small tubing just leaving enough tubing to melt with a lighter to the front of the cone head . Hook selection for this pattern would be a Diiachi X510 #6

This is my tube fly adaption to the Woolly Bugger. Here is an example of a very easy tie that can be created in several different color combinations, and used for Multiple species. I have fished this pattern on Lake Erie Tributaries for steelhead, salmon, and small mouth bass. It was also equally effective on large mouth bass fishing on inland lakes and ponds. I tie this pattern in a white and chartreuse colors for catching White Bass and walleye on the Maumee and portage rivers during the spring runs.