Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rag Bug

The Rag Bug is my version of Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug. This is a excellent crane fly larvae imitation.

The original Killer Bug is tied with Chadwick 477 (good luck find any). There are some substitute's, Chadwicks 477 Substitute from (http://www.lathkill.com/shop/index.php?productID=1658) and 477 Killer Bug Yarn from (http://www.fishingmegastore.com/view.php?module=products&productID=2530).

Like me you may have a rag wool sweater that no longer fits. The color is simular to other crane fly larvae imitation most notably Walt's Worm tied with Hareline Hares Ear Plus #1. Both Walt's Worm and the Killer Bug are deadly patterns and dead simple to tie.

A simple image search of a crane fly larvae will show you how well this pattern imitates the natural.

Thread – .32 gauge Brown Parawire
Hook – TMC 2302 or any Nymph hook
Size 8-16
Body – Rag Wool

 1. Mash down barb and secure in vice.


2. Wind wire onto hook.  I use a dab of super glue to secure.

3. Secure Rag Wool and wind back.

4. Wind wire forward several wraps away from the hook eye.

 5. Wind Rag Wool forward and secure with 1-2 wraps.

6. Trim away the excess.

7. Whip finish with 2 - 3 turns, and break off the wire.

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