Balanced Blank Saver - Midnight Fire

Cheech - March 3, 2018

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.

Material List
  • 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: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Black
  • Tail: Flashabou - Original - 6911 - Red
  • Body: Speckled Chenille - Midnight Fire
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Red - Small
  • Hackle: Ewing Wooly Bugger Patch - White Dyed Black
  • Collar: Arizona Diamond Dub - Midnight Fire
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

$1.99
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

$8.95
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

$3.95
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub

Arizona Diamond Dub

$2.95
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

$6.50
Flashabou - Original
Flashabou - Original
Flashabou - Original

Flashabou - Original

$4.99
Speckled Chenille
Speckled Chenille

Speckled Chenille

$3.50
Ewing Wooly Bugger Patch
Ewing Wooly Bugger Patch

Ewing Wooly Bugger Patch

$10.00