Video: How to Tie the Squirrel and Herl Bugger

Everybody loves the Woolly Bugger, and a lot of streamer fishermen swear by patterns tied with zonker strips because of the great pulsating action these flies display in the water. So what if you combined the two and threw in some peacock herl for good measure? In this week’s video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie the Squirrel and Herl Bugger, which manages to be buggy, fishy, and leechy all at the same time. This seems like just the pattern to attract lazy trout looking for an easy meal!

And if you’ve got the bandwidth, make sure watch Tim’s videos in full 4K resolution. You’ve never seen fly tying look so good.

          Squirrel and Herl Bugger
          Hook: 3X-long nymph hook (here, a Dai-Riki #710), size 8.
          Thread: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Body: Peacock herl, 3 or 4 strands.
          Tail: Olive pine-squirrel zonker strip.
          Hackle: Dyed-olive grizzly.
          Head: Tying thread.
          Adhesive: Head cement.

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