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WILCOX'S BETTER BUGGER. AVAILABLE IN 5 FISHY COLORS! - TIED IN RAY BROOK, NY U.S.A.


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Here is an excerpt from Fly Tyer magazine Summer 2017 edition -            
While it can be a bit daunting of a task to improve upon a staple in the fly fishing world, there are always new materials available to tiers that can be combined to create newer variations and in many cases improve the efficiency and the productiveness of the pattern. My better Bugger is another example of being able to combine new materials to make the traditional Wooly Bugger easier to tie and I found it to be more productive the venerable old favorite of many anglers.
            It's hard to beat Marabou for a tailing fiber due to its ability to create the allusion of movement in the water, pulsating with every strip and pause which is why I left that part of the recipe intact. You could use a conehead, dumbbell eye or bead for the head, I have always been preferential toward coneheads on my bugger patterns to increase the weight and they are most cost effective than most dumbbell eyes. The Holographic Cactus Chenille provides and extra element of realism by giving the abdomen a bit of motion and a pop of flash best for imitating the scales of most bait fish and is equally effective with crawfish or leech color combinations. This chenille has become one of my staples used for my Bunny Buggers (Fly Tyer Magazine Winter 2012) and many other patterns. As for the dubbing brushes used for the collar, at first I was skeptical of their practicality, durability and performance in the water until I started using them in my tying. There are kits out there to make your own brushes and of course all your really need is a couple of eye hooks, some brush wire and a drill but I found that for me it was a bit time consuming and difficult to get the fibers to length and color schemes I wanted and in a consistent fashion. Enrico Puglisi and Greg Senyo did not invent dubbing brushes and I, like many tiers, had made my own but they certainly popularized and perfected the craft. Thanks for making my job so easy gentlemen! The biggest complaint I hear as  shop owner is that they are "expensive" roughly $8.95 to $11.95 for six brushes. I get about 40 flies/pack on the average which at retail average is about $0.25/fly, even at retail pricing it is hardly expensive on the grand scheme of things. In a nut shell, you can make your own and with some practice they may even look just as good but I personally would highly recommend purchasing the readily available ones from Hareline Dubbing, Enrico and of course your local fly shop!
            The Better Bugger has been a consistent producer for me and our clients at Wiley's Flies year round for a variety of species including Trout, Bass, Steelhead and Landlocked Salmon. Try tying some up in your favorite color combinations and giving them a cast, you just might find that they work better for you too.
Vince Wilcox owns and operates Wiley's Flies, a fly Shop, motel and outfitter service in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Ray Brook, NY and has written many articles as a contributing writer to Fly Tyer Magazine. For more information about Wiley's Flies and to check out thousands of fly fishing and tying products in his on-line store go to www.wileysflies.com
             

 

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