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: Devil bugs

11-04-2003, 10:34 PM
found a pack of devil bugs in a box i was looking through there are six of them 2 small 3 med 1 large
jus wondering if anyone had any info checked ou their website and it seemed to me that they didi not produce them any more
i have seen the devil bugs on a few fishing shows here and there and learned a little about them then
as always any info is helpful thanks in advance

Dble Haul
11-04-2003, 10:38 PM
I have to show my ignorance here....what are devil bugs? A type of fly I assume?

11-05-2003, 04:28 PM
mouse like flies made by daredevil

11-05-2003, 07:26 PM
The Devil Bug is a fly tied with a deer hair over body and the body made of whatever dubbing, thread, or herl your wish to use. They have no hackle at all. They are tied by 1) stacking the deer hair; 2) tying the deer hair tips in as a very short tail (I mean very short nothing more than a stub of uncut deer hair tips); 3) wraping the body (peacock herl was very common); 4) pulling the deer hair over the back of the body; 5) tie down the deer hair over body behind the hook eye; 6) pull the deer hair butts up after tying down at the head and wrap thread under them; 7) tie off the thread; and 8) trim the deer hair butts so there is a short stubb at the head of the fly (similar to the stub on an ELL HAIR CADDIS).

The DEVIL BUG tied in small sizes (#20-26) with a peacock herl body makes a superior midge imitator because it rides flush in the film like a crippled adult.

They were also produced as bass flies by several companies by using balsa wood bodies with the deer hair overbody in addition to the herl or floss bodies.

11-05-2003, 07:35 PM
did not nkow they could be tied for a modge imitation

11-05-2003, 07:50 PM
Tied with a pink floss body, light grey thread and using blondish deer hair or elk hair on a size 12 hook... it's one of my favorite midge imitations on western Washington's lowland lakes. I think it is called the Pink Lady Nymph-- tied on a standard-wire hook, it sinks slightly. Trout love it.


11-05-2003, 08:10 PM
size 12 midge?:confused:

11-05-2003, 08:32 PM
Ya, sure, you betcha-- we do have some large flies and some large larvae that often are grouped together as "midges". I won't testify that the buggers are all chironomids, but tyers here have midge imitations, designed specifically for chironomids, up to a size #6.

If you get the chance to run across "Flies of the Northwest" (Amato Publications) you'll see some of the patterns that work in this area.


11-05-2003, 09:36 PM
One Sample, this one with a liver body. I use these from size 16 up to size 8, mostly on 2Xshank hooks. Body color to match the hatch so to speak. Key for me is the type of deer hair used. I find that larger flies do better with as fine a deer body hair as I can find.
Fished mostly as a dry on lakes, works well on a traveller sedge hatch, and as a "skater" on rivers when caddis are on.

11-06-2003, 04:35 PM

Yep, it is known as the PINK LADY NYMPH here in Western Washington, although I think of it as a PINK DEVIL BUG.


Like you, I almost exclusively used the DEVIL BUG on lakes. It is a very fine small midge imitation in slow water areas on rivers though.

11-06-2003, 04:41 PM
Looking at the photo makes think about dubbing an orange body and skating it for searun...on a size 8 or even a 6... hmmmm. Since I'm going fishing next week...

11-06-2003, 04:46 PM
midges and chironomids here are 20 and smaller