Instructions: Emerging Bugger

Tying Instructions: Rickard's Emerging Bugger

1. Attach the .020 lead-free wire behind the eye and wrap 10-15 times on the shank.
Step One
2. Attach the thread to the shank behind the eye..
Step Two
3. Secure the lead wire with thread wraps. Bring the thread back to the bend of the hook.
Step Three
4. Clip the fibers off a marabou plume stem to tie in a tail. The length should be the same as the shank length. Keep the number of tail fibers sparse about 15-20 fibers. Secure the marabou with 3-4 pinch wraps keeping the material on top of the shank.
Step Four
5. Secure the butt ends of the marabou over the lead wraps with thread wraps. Step Five
6. Trim off the excess Marabou. Attach two strands of Flashabou to the top of the tail. The strands should go the length of the tail.
Step Six
7. Attach a copper wire ribbing to the bottom of the shank below the lead wraps. Secure the wire ribbing with thread wraps to the tail tie-in position.
Step Seven
8. Mix up a dubbing blend of 50% J.Fair Simi Seal and 50% Ice Dubbing. For this pattern, we use Black/Red Simi Seal and Peacock Ice Dubbing. Step Eight
9. Apply the dubbing to the thread in a clockwise rotation. Slide the dubbing up to the tail tie-in position for that a few fibers touch the shank. Then, wrap the dubbed thread 2 times to lock these fibers to the shank.
Step Nine
10. You can tighten or loosen the dubbing on the thread with further twisting. Wrap the dubbed thread forward about an eye width behind the eye and secure with thread wraps.
Step Ten
11. Wrap the ribbing forward about 5 turns. Secure with thread wraps and trim off the copper wire tag using a heavy wire scissor, not your thread scissor! Some will break the wire with a back and forth motion but this is medium guage and it doesn't break easily. Mash down the cut end against the shank.
Step Eleven
12. Select a webby saddle hackle the same size as the hook. Attach the hackle just in front of the body by the base with thread wraps. The shiny side of the hackle should face forward so the the fibers sweep back.
Step Twelve
13. Build a small thread head and Whip Finish.
Step Thirteen
14. Brush the body with a piece of velcro or a dubbing brush. Tease the dubbing material so that it extends through the hackle fibers and tends to blend in.
Step Fourteen
15. Apply some head cement the thread head. The finished Emerging Bugger
Step Fifteen

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