Bugle Buddy - Carp Fly
Cheech - July 28, 2016
We have been fishing for carp here and there over the years, but it's gotten a kick into overdrive in the last couple of months. Up to this point, We have been playing with a few carp flies here and there, but we also used a lot of just trout flies like the El Sculpito and the Masked Marauder stonefly nymph. Though the trout flies did the trick in a pinch, it really helps if you have an arsenal of carp flies that are designed specifically designed for the task at hand. Through researching a lot of the effective modern carp flies out there, there are some similarities that I have seen that I have adopted with some of my designs. 1- They are tied with barbell eyes of some sort, and depending on depth, they can be various sizes of brass or bead chain. 2- They have something sticking "up" from the back of the fly. Like McTage's Trouser Worm and John Montana's Carp Hybrid . I have actually been playing with those patterns as well, so look for some tutorials on the variations that I come up with.
With those two points to work with, I started tying a very simple pattern that I began calling the Bugle Buddy. Two simple strands of magnum predator legs, a vinyl nymph rib body, and some rabbit in a dubbing loop wrapped around the barbell eyes. I have only really tested this fly in two colors, but they both worked really well even though some people were convinced that no carp would eat a chartreuse flashy fly. As you can see, there is a lot of room for variation and color mixes with this bug, so you can let your imagination run wild with this one. Tie some up; tie them on; and go get carpy.
- Hook: Daiichi 2557 Intruder Trailer Hook - 2
- Eyes: Bead Chain Eyes - Silver - Large
- Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Fl. Green
- Tail: Magnum Predator Legs - Grizzly Barred Fl. Chartreuse
- Body: Vinyl Rib - Chartreuse - Medium
- Head: Rabbit Zonker Strips - Chartreuse Green
- Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, Swiss CDC MultiClamp