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Bruiser Bugger

Bruiser Bugger

Beef Up Your Bugger Bruiser Buggers The Wooly Bugger is probably the most popular fly on the planet, and it can be tied in about any configuration you can imagine.  I really like a heavily weighted bugger to fish in rivers, and you all hopefully have seen the complex twist bugger with it's large tungsten cone head.  The Bruiser Bugger was created just because I was addicted to throwing the new double pupil eyes on about every fly that came off my desk.  For my river buggers I like them big and bold - long tailed and thick headed dragons that move a lot, dive deep, and push water.  My stillwater buggers (for lakes) I like to make more like leeches - Shorter sparse tails, short hackle, and minimal weight.  The Bruiser Bugger is a pretty quick tie that really moves well and pushes water really well.  They will be a great addition to your streamer box. ~Cheech Recipes: Yellow/Brown Hook: Daiichi 2461 #2 (+) Thread: Veevus GSP - 50D  (+) Eyes: Hareline Double

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Titan Rod Vault Install

Titan Rod Vault Install

A Huge Win for Mobility The truck rigged with two Titan Rod Vaults Over the years, we've messed around with different ways to transport rigged rods from location to location when we're fishing on different waters during a day or hole-hopping on local rivers and streams. From the ol' windshield wiper "clamp" trick to shoving them out a window to transporting them inside the vehicle getting rod tip slapped as we drove and finally to a more recent contraption I built with PVC tubes, magnets and bungie cords, we tried them all. And all of them were very poor methods to get quickly in and out with no rod damage but could also weather a jaunt down the freeway if needed. Finally, after a few rod scratches, a number of drops and one painful rod break, we decided it was time to bite the bullet and get something better. So we started shopping around for other solutions and found a few products designed to carry rods more securely. Ultimately, we settled on the Titan

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California 420 Leech

California 420 Leech

Makes Fish Get the Munchies California 420 Leech Anyone that's fished leeches, buggers or other patterns using John Rohmer's Simi Seal dubbings knows how insanely effective they are. In fact, I was looking in my stillwater boxes the other day and realized I've got a lot of patterns featuring simi seal. And as many of you know, we work with John on custom colors and blends of most of his dubbings, so when Cheech came up with the "420" series of dubbing colors for Bruiser Blend, we knew John could work the 420 magic on the Simi Seal. And magic he did work. The color is an awesome darker olive with UV highlights in red and green. It's the perfect leech color for the darker olive leeches we see, so I knew the first pattern we needed would be a leech. If you've ever wondered why wooly buggers and those types of patterns work so well with trout, well it's because trout eat a lot of leeches. Check out Phil Rowley's section on leeches here

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Belly Scratching Game Changer

Belly Scratching Game Changer

Wiggle Wiggle, Twitch, Wiggle Belly Scratching Game Changer Swim bait.  Two words that might be foreign to the fly fishing purist, but are synonymous to catching huge bass on conventional gear.  Fly-only people typically refer to anything made of hard plastic as a Rapala or a crank bait, but a swim bait is quite different because there is usually not a "lip" to create wobble factor.  The hard plastic swim baits that I have under the deck of the bass boat are typically made up of two or more sections that make it swim like a real fish.  The paint jobs are pristine, and they absolutely crush fish - not just bass, but any type of fish that eats other fish.  Where am I going with this? The game changer style of fly is basically a swim bait for your fly rod, and they are big fish magnets due to maximum movement.  Big thanks to Blane Chocklett for tweaking this fly to what it is today, and another big thanks to material companies like Flymen Fishing Co. and Hareline Dubbin

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Duracell Jig

Duracell Jig

Another nymph for the quiver Duracell Jig I haven't fished the duracell jig for more than a year or so, but it's quickly becoming one of my all-around go-to flies for Euro style nymphing as well as something to drop off of a big dry fly. Originally created, near as I can tell from what I read online, by Craig McDonald, the Duracell has quickly become a favorite pattern among the Euro or Czech style nymphing crowd. I'm very particular to Ice Dub and Hare'e Ice Dub, so when I saw this was created almost entirely from one of my favorite materials, I figured it had to be golden -- and it's been golden, no question. If you tie, the tutorial follows. If you don't tie, we have some already whipped up for you here . Nice Brown Nymphed up with a Duracell  Material List (or buy the flies already tied) Hook : Fulling Mill Jig Hook #12 #2  (+)  or            Partridge Jig Hook #12  (+) Bead:  Plummeting Tungsten, 3.3mm, Nickel  (+) Thre

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Skirted Bugger

Skirted Bugger

Conventional Bass World Meets Fly Tying Several years ago when I started to fish more seriously for bass I was given a lead pot, molds, powder paint, and "skirt" making material.  My friends wanted me to give jig making a try since I knew how to tie flies.  Boy did I ever make some jigs...  I still make all of the jigs that I fish with, but it didn't take long for the conventional bass influence to trickle over to fly tying.  The El Sculpito is a design that is heavily influenced by bass fishing because of the gross amount of silicone legs that it uses.  This "skirted" style of fly is nothing really new in the warm water game, but I wanted to meld it with a bugger style fly.  This fly is kind of Calcasieu Pig Boat meets Wooly Bugger and can be modified about a million different ways.  Also, the way that the silicone is tied in can be used in a lot of different flies to add bulk and maximum lateral line stimulation.  I see some guys buying pre-made bass sk

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