Fly Tying Vid: Zirdle Bug

Fly Tying Vid: Zirdle Bug

Zirdle Bug

The Zirdle Bug is a red-hot streamer/nymph combo “junk fly” in southwest Montana, particularly on lower-elevation rivers like the Beaverhead, lower Madison, Jefferson, and Missouri, where crayfish are present. It roughly matches crayfish, sculpins and other baitfish, and stonefly nymphs. Fish it in a variety of ways: swung or stripped like a streamer, dead-drifted under an indicator, or dragged on a tight line. This one is sort of a tan-copper-brown-orange color, but you can tie them in a wide range of natural and attractor colors. This one is merely intended to serve as an example.

Hook: #4-10 3xl nymph/streamer, here #6.

Weight: .015-.035 lead or lead-free wire, here .035.

Thread: 6/0 to match or contrast the body, here light brown.

Tail: Krystal Flash. Here, root beer.

Body: Brindle chenille, here Amberstone New Age Chenille.

Legs: Medium round rubber, here Wapsi barred rubber in olive with chartreuse and orange specks.

Wing: Standard rabbit strip, here black-barred tan with orange tips.

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