Bluegill Deer Hair Sneaky Pete

Curtis Fry - September, 2018

We're really stoked that Jeff Creamer, an extremely good fly tyer out of Ohio, took us up on the chance to come to Utah and tie flies and fish. Here's the first in a series of some of his favorite patterns. The first one is an awesome little Bluegill or panfish pattern that's a variation on a sneaky Pete style slider. Per Jeff: "When I first started tying with deer hair, I tied a lot of huge bass bugs…and never really fished them. I have no reservations about fishing hair bugs, but my local waters are loaded with smaller bass and the larger bugs felt a little big. I started tying smaller hair bugs for bass, then I started to wonder about truly tiny deer hair bugs for panfish. Is it possible? Can they handle the abuse? Both answers are yes, and the Deer Hair Pete (deer hair version of a Sneaky Pete slider) is by far my most fished deer hair topwater. I tie them on a size 12 Firehole 839 to actually aid in durability. Barbless hooks allow the fly to be removed with far less effort, helping to preserve the deer hair body. Tied dense enough, the little Deer Hair Pete can easily float a dropper fly and the panfish have a hard time destroying them. The rubber legs and flashy Ice Chenille collar help seal the deal for shallow panfish looking for an easy meal. There’s something really special about watching a big bluegill hover inches below this bug, knowing that they are going to slurp it down. And if you never thought you’d cast a deer hair bug on a 3wt or smaller rod, here’s your chance! I tie this bug in three colors, mainly. Yellow/black, chartreuse/black, and all black are my colors of choice. Cast it, twitch it, and when a fish comes up to investigate, do not move it. The fish will take care of the rest!"

Material List
  • Hook: Firehole Sticks 839 Streamer Hook - 12
  • Thread 1: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Chartreuse
  • Thread 2: Veevus GSP - White - 200 Denier
  • Legs: Grizzly Flutter Legs - Black Barred Fl. Fire Orange
  • Body: Ice Chenille - Black - Medium
  • Head: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - Fl. Chartreuse
  • Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes - Fire (Orange Red) - 4mm
  • Tools Used: SF Fugly Packer - Original, Double Edge Razor Blades, Fly Tyer's Z-Ment,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Fish Skull Living Eyes
Fish Skull Living Eyes
Fish Skull Living Eyes
Fish Skull Living Eyes
Fish Skull Living Eyes
Fish Skull Living Eyes

Fish Skull Living Eyes

$3.75
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

$3.25
Veevus GSP
Veevus GSP

Veevus GSP

$4.25
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair
Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair

Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair

$4.50
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment

Fly Tyer's Z-Ment

$7.95
Double Edge Razor Blades
Double Edge Razor Blades

Double Edge Razor Blades

$2.50
Firehole Sticks 839 Streamer Hook
Firehole Sticks 839 Streamer Hook

Firehole Sticks 839 Streamer Hook

$7.25
Grizzly Flutter Legs
Grizzly Flutter Legs

Grizzly Flutter Legs

$4.50
Ice Chenille
Ice Chenille

Ice Chenille

$4.50
SF Fugly Packer
SF Fugly Packer

SF Fugly Packer

$30.50