It's time for another Tuesday Tie! Today we are tying a Silly Bugger. It is a great fly for bass, Guads, Largemouth, Smallmouth, and more. I have had a ton of success on this fly in many variations of colors. I usually fish it slower and deeper, but you can take weight away and fish it more like a streamer. Hope you learn something, and I hope you enjoy! Be sure to check back every Tuesday for another Tuesday Tie with TFFF!
- Hook: Umpqua U555 Size #8 (can tie on various sizes, brands, and styles)
- Thread: Olive
- Weight: Bead Head in Gold (can vary the size) | Lead (or lead-free) Weighted Wire
- Tail: Grizzly Marabou in Olive
- Rib: Thin Wire in Black
- Body: Crystal Antron Chenille in Light Olive
- Skirt: Sili Legs Nymph, Lt. Olive Barred
- Place bead head on hook and then hook into vice. (optional: add weighted wire to hook shank for more weight now)
- Wrap from front of the hook to just before the bend.
- Tie in Marabou tail. Tail length should equal hook length.
- Tie in wire ribbing (with wire sticking out the tail end)
- Choose two Sili Legs and double them over (fold in half) and tie them in on one side of the tail. Their length should be just short of the tail length.
- Square off the opposite end of the Sili Legs, bend them around, and tie them (the same length) on the other side of the tail. Trim them up and wrap them in.
- Tie in Chenille (sticking out the tail end) and wrap thread up the hook to just behind the bead head.
- Wrap the Chenille around the hook shank to form the body. Tie it off and trim it up.
- Take two more Sili Legs and tie them in just behind the bead head. The length facing backwards should extend about 1/8 - 1/4 inch behind the end of the hook.
- Fold over the front ends of the Sili Legs and tie them on right beside the back ends that you tied in.
- Continue to repeat steps 8-10 until you have tied Sili Legs all around the hook.
- Take the Sili Legs that are sticking off the front end of the hook, cut the loops, and trim them to an even length.
- Pull the freshly trimmed Sili Legs from the front backwards (being careful to keep them spaced out around the hook) to form a skirt.
- Tie off your thread, add a few whip finishes and trim it off.