Pink Lightning Bug Introduction
Pink Lightning Bug nymphs are among the top winter flies in the region, especially on the Missouri River where they’re effective from now through mid-May. Suggestive of eggs and scuds, and to a lesser extent mayflies and midges, spin up a few Pink Lightning Bugs to try in your home waters this winter. Trail one of these behind a larger pink fly such as the Amex Jig I posted previously.
Pink Lightning Bug Recipe
Hook: Standard scud, #16-18. #18 is usually best.
Bead: 3/32″ to 5/64″ nickel, in either brass or tungsten.
Thread: 8/0 hot pink or fluorescent fire orange.
Tail: Shell pink Antron yarn. Use 2/3 of the the bundle of fibers on #16 and half on #18. The tail should be rather full.
Abdomen: Holographic pink Flashabou doubled around the thread when it’s tied in.
Rib: Small to extra-small red Ultra Wire.
Wing Case: Medium pearl tinsel.
Thorax: Ball of pink dubbing slightly darker than the body and tail, dubbed loose for movement.