Complex Twist Bugger

Cheech - October, 2014

Do you have a fly that always ends up making it's way onto your line because it just plain works? As many of you might know I really like trying new patterns and branching out to explore new patterns, but when the going gets tough, or if I need to have a fly on my line that I'm 100% confident in, it's the Complex Twist Bugger (CTB). The brown and black CTB has produced when other flies have not, and I caught the biggest fish of my life this spring on it (caught and landed are two separate things right?)

The Complex Twist Bugger has been an absolute beast for us this year, and we have made a few changes to the pattern that we'll share here. I have been using a cone head (both brass and tungsten) and a better hook, and I have even switched out one of the strands of chenille for another color of schlappen (yes, two pieces of schlappen for one fly.) Check out the secret recipes below the new video..

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 2
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier - Black
  • Cone: Brass Cone Heads - Copper - Large (1/4")
  • Weight: Lead Free Round Wire - .025
  • Tail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Brown
  • Body: UV Polar Chenille - Olive Copper
  • Body: Fish Hunter Select Schlappen - Brown (UV)
  • Body: Fish Hunter Select Schlappen - Medium Olive
  • Veil: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Hidden Treasure
  • Tools Used: Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

$2.95
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
UV Polar Chenille
UV Polar Chenille

UV Polar Chenille

$4.50
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.50
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

$5.50
Brass Cone Heads
Brass Cone Heads
Brass Cone Heads

Brass Cone Heads

$4.50
Lead Free Round Wire
Lead Free Round Wire

Lead Free Round Wire

$5.50
Fish Hunter Select Schlappen
Fish Hunter Select Schlappen

Fish Hunter Select Schlappen

$6.95
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

$17.99
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier

$2.99