Jay Nicholas goes at the tube fly craze with abandon here – because Tubes seem the perfect vehicle for tying any and every bugger fly in the fishing universe. Buggers are long flies, and the use of a short shank hook with a tube seems a great alternative to the traditional long shank hook because it should hold better (no leverage from the long shank) and should be easier on the fish, plus the fly should last longer too, allowing us to tie more color variations to stock yet more fly boxes.
The EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush in the ½” width makes a great body for buggers. WE have been using this material in several colors during 2012 on many salmon flies and find it simple to use and the fish find it quite tasty as well.
Key materials of this Sunrise Pink EP Tarantula Tube Trout/Steelhead Bugger are noted as follows:
Thread – Veevus 6/0 or 8/0 red
Hook – Daiichi Short Shank Straight Eye D1640 #4 to #8
Mandrel – Small Pro Sportfisher Flexi Needle
Tube – Small Classic Pro Sportfisher Tube, black or clear
Hook Guide – Pro Sportfisher small, clear, orange, or red
Tail – Hareline Hot Pink Wooly Bugger Marabou
Tail Flash – Krystal Flash Hot pink
Body – EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush, ½” width, pink/yellow
Bead – Hareline Tungsten Plumeting Bead 7/32
Wire Cutters – Dr. Slick 4.75” Gold Barb Crusher Scissor Clamp