Stillwater expert, Denny Rickards, desiring a complementary emerger pattern to his A.P. Emerger, came up with the Emerging Bugger in 2010. The Emerging Bugger pattern utilizes many of the colorations and materials of his popular Seal Buggers series yet he ties this pattern to a 2XL Nymphal hook and adds a hackle collar for the impression of an emerging nymph. It is a 50/50 mix of Angora Dubbing and Ice Dubbing. Rather than palmering a hackle through the body (as on the Seal Bugger), the hackle is wrapped just behind the head . The hook is slightly longer than his AP Emerger pattern, a 2xl nymph hook such as a TMC 5263 or Daiichi 1710. Denny fishes this pattern as an emerging nymph with either a Sink Tip or a Full Sinking line utilizing a pulsating upward retrieval. The pattern can also be fished as a streamer with a slow retreive mimicing a baitfish.
Denny uses many different color combinations of the body, tail and hackle. The major body colors are Olive, Black/Red, and Black. The darker colors work especially well under low light conditions. The lighter Olive colors work well late-morning and midday. Hackle colorations include: Burnt Orange and Burgundy. Tail colorations are: Burnt Orange, Burgundy, Olive, and Black.