Midnight Fire Balanced Blank Saver

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blank saver mini bugger
A Cutthroat who ate a Blank Saver
Seems the past couple of seasons, when I'm not fishing the smaller hatch-matching bugs on stillwaters, I've been reaching for this bugger-variant known as a Blank Saver. This is just a variation I've had good success with but the Blank Saver pattern itself is known by the chartreuse bead and black body. I throw in some midnight fire colors, make it a balanced fly and find this to be one of my go-to patterns as of late.

I've been fishing this typically on the point of a team of two or three flies. The best success has been with a midge tip line from Rio, but you could just as well fish it on intermediate or full sink lines too.

You can also catch one of our recent vlogs where you can see the fly in action (see below)...

blank saver mini bugger
Blank Saver - Midnight Fire

Material List
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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 12
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Black
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Fl. Chartreuse - 7/64" (2.8mm)
Tail 1: Nature's Spirit Strung Marabou - Black
Tail 2: Flashabou - Original - 6911 - Red
Body: Speckled Chenille - Midnight Fire
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Red - Small
Hackle: Whiting Bugger Packs - Black
Collar: Arizona Diamond Dub - Midnight Fire

NOTE: The pins are ones like these here on Amazon.

Other tools from the tutorial:
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - Standard
Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment