Flugenzombie

Cheech - March, 2016

WIt's no secret that we like to take effective patterns and mash them up into what we hop will be effective bugs. The Chimera pattern (that Curtis has promised to start wearing as earrings because he loves it so much) is a good example of a fly that wasn't designed to match any one specific bug, rather to be a "close enough" type of pattern that the fish might take for a lot of different things. We, as human beings, are pretty picky about what we actually put into our mouths with the intent of eating, for example: If I hid Curtis' glasses from him and lined up a delicious chocolate whopper, a raisin, and a deer turd on a table and told him that all three had some caloric value, he'd probably take his time before figuring out that one is literally a piece of crap, one might as well be a piece of crap, and only one of them is actually worth making the effort of putting in his mouth. Fish? They are a bit different. They don't have the highly developed taste buds that Curtis has, so they eat more like me... If it's of caloric value, it's going down the hatch. Before I start getting hate mail about all of the picky 20 inchers that you fish for that only eat a properly presented baetis pattern with two tails and a body made from dubbing color 38923-A presented on 7x tippet, I do understand that lot of fish are picky eaters... It's just that we shouldn't lose the mindset that fish are searching for calories, and many times a pattern that is "close enough" will do the trick.

Now that I got that little rant out of my scattered brain I can tell you about the Flugenzombie. The name is more of a joke than anything, but this fly was rumored to have eaten the Cheech Leech, The Complex Twist Bugger, and the Lunch Lady to morph into a mashup of all three. I use the body and tail from the Complex Twist, I use a collar of marabou and silicone legs from the Cheech Leech, and I use a Lunch Lady head. One thing I forgot to do on the video is attach speckled flashabou at points 5:15, and 10:24... The flash should be tied in front of the sections of the fly, and kind of act as an over "wing" that extends to the length of the tail. You can see the flash in the example patterns that I show. The Flugenzombie is a takeoff of other patterns that were already not an exact copy of anything that lives in the water. All I know is that the fish either love this style and want to eat it, or they hate it and they want to kill it. To accomplish either of these ends it will need to be in the mouth of the fish at some point. Win win.

~Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 1
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 1
  • Eyes: BallZeyes - Chartreuse - Large (3/16" / 5 mm)
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Black
  • Tail/Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Heron Gray
  • Tail/Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Tan
  • Body: Fish Hunter Select Schlappen - Heron Gray
  • Body: Fish Hunter Select Schlappen - Tan
  • Body: UV Polar Chenille - Gold
  • Flash: Speckled Flashabou - 6933 - Gold
  • Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Bead: 3D Articulation Beads - Gray
  • Legs: Silicone Flutter Legs - Tan
  • Head: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Alpha Wolf
  • Head: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Cream
  • Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Black, Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Goldenrod, Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Desert Tan (Dark Tan),
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
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

$2.99
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

$5.50
Fish Hunter Select Schlappen
Fish Hunter Select Schlappen

Fish Hunter Select Schlappen

$6.95
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads

3D Articulation Beads

$4.50
BallZeyes
BallZeyes

BallZeyes

$5.50
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

$8.50
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

$7.50
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

$6.50
Silicone Flutter Legs
Silicone Flutter Legs

Silicone Flutter Legs

$3.99
Speckled Flashabou
Speckled Flashabou

Speckled Flashabou

$5.99