Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Another Wooly Bugger variation?” But I know one thing is a stone-cold fact: Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions spends an inordinate amount of time planning and creating these amazing tying videos, and he’s not going to waste the effort on a fly that doesn’t perform on the water. The Thin Mint Bugger is not exception. It takes Russell Blessing’s classic pattern and adds colors that suggest all kinds of aquatic life that trout find tasty, in a package that will hold up to the rigors of the job.
Of course, in the process of showing us how to tie this particular fly, Tim demonstrates several cool tying tricks that are applicable to many others. The way he attaches each material in such a way that it stays perfectly in place is a marvel. And the focus on durability here guarantees that your Thin Mint will last longer than a single trout.
Thin Mint Bugger
Hook: Standard streamer hook (here, a Lightning Strike SN3), size 8.
Head: Nickel-color tungsten bead, 1/8-inch.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Adhesive #1: Superglue, here Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
Thread: Rusty Brown, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tail #1: Olive marabou.
Tail #2: Brown marabou.
Tail #3: Black marabou.
Flash: Pearl Flashabou.
Rib #1: Copper Ultra Wire, small.
Rib #2: Pearl Flashabou.
Body: Peacock herl.
Hackle: Rusty brown.
Adhesive #2: Head cement, here Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails.
Tools: Hackle pliers, whip finisher.