Goat Bugger

Cheech - April, 2019

Anyone who has spent significant time lake fishing, or "stillwater" fishing as we call it has gone on a wild chase for seal dubbing at some point. While it's still available in some countries, it's not as easy to get in the United States due to some of the laws changing. I have some that I had to twist an arm or two for, but I'm always second guessing myself when it comes time to tie up a batch of seal buggers with the secret stash. There are lots of good substitutes out there, and yes, Arizona simi seal is one of the best, but in my opinion, it's kind of more a stand-alone product as opposed to a real substitute. Luckily, Nature's Spirit has been putting out stellar dubbing that they call "African Goat Dubbing" and it's got a lot of the same characteristics that seal has. It's somewhat short, coarse, and has pretty good translucency, so it makes a great bugger or leech pattern. We have listed a few of our favorite combos for these buggers, so feel free to mix them up to fit your local fisheries. These flies do the trick from Argentina to Canada, so it's worth filling a box of them! To blend the dubbing together, It's easiest to use two dog slicker brushes and just keep brushing it together until it blends properly. Because of the unruly nature of the fibers, they will clog up a coffee grinder and they won't separate properly using the ziploc bag technique. A few notes about the hackle that I used on this pattern. Whiting sells both High and Dry hackle and Eurohackle, which are actually the exact same product! We asked Dr. Whiting about them and they will be moving forward with the High & Dry name instead of Eurohackle in the near future so you will see us interchanging them quite a bit. Feel free to use Eurohackle, High & Dry, red label, Hebert Miner, American hackle, bugger packs, etc on these flies. They all have the shiny type hackle that is used on this bug, so don't worry about the specific line of bird that you choose. On some of the recipes I have High and Dry listed, and on others I have Eurohackle listed...

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 1710 - 2X Long Nymph Hook - 8
  • Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Olive Dun
  • Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Black
  • Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Rusty Brown
  • Bead: Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads - Dark Olive - 3.5mm (9/64")
  • Bead: Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads - Black - 3.5mm (9/64")
  • Bead: Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads - Autumn - 3.5mm (9/64")
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou - Olive
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou - Black
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou - Crawfish Orange
  • Body 1: Nature's Spirit African Goat Dubbing - Medium Olive
  • Body 1: Nature's Spirit African Goat Dubbing - Black
  • Body 2: Nature's Spirit African Goat Dubbing - Fl. Yellow
  • Body 2: Nature's Spirit African Goat Dubbing - Fl. Orange
  • Body 2: Nature's Spirit African Goat Dubbing - Fl. Purple
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Brassie
  • Lead: Lead Wire Spool - .025
  • Tools Used: Tiemco Tying Brush,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$6.50
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Brassie Size

$1.75
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Lead Wire Spool
Lead Wire Spool

Lead Wire Spool

$3.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

$6.50
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

$3.25
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads

Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads

$8.25
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

$7.50
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Neon Colors

$6.50
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Matte Tungsten Beads

Firehole Stones Neon Matte Tungsten Beads

$8.25
Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou
Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou
Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou

Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou

$3.75
Gritty Tungsten Beads
Gritty Tungsten Beads

Gritty Tungsten Beads

$7.25