Warmwater Fly of the month: February, 2003 - The Ice Bugger

Tying the Ice Bugger


The Ice Bugger
I (WWFF Staff) fish this fly pretty much like a you would the Clouser Minnow. I have been successfull in tying the pattern on a #10 Mustad 3366 hook for bluegills and crappie. The #2 and the #4 size patterns were designed for smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Sheldon Bolstad
Sheldon lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and works a computer network specialist. When time allows, you will find Sheldon fly fishing for his favorite fish, the smallmouth bass. When the Bass Pond fly shop was open, you could find Sheldon's patterns there. Some other patterns that Sheldon has developed are Bolstad Foam Diver, Skipping Minnow and the Sputter Minnow.



Hook: Mustad 3366 #2 or #4
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail : Pearl Kystal Flash & Brown Marabou
Eyes: Dubell Yellow with Black Pupil
Body: Black Ice Chenille
Collar: Black Webby Hackel

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Step 1: Lay a thread base about the front 1/3 of the hook shank from the tip of the point of the hook to the eye.

Step 2: Tie in at that point the dumbell eyes. You may want to use some Zap-A-Gap to secure the eyes.

Step 3: Laying a thread foundation, move the thread to the bend of the hook shank.

Step 4: Select about 8-10 strans of pearl krystal flash about the length of the hook and tie it in at the bend of the hook.


Step 5: Selected a some brown marabou feathers about the length of the hook.

Step 6: Tie the marabou at the bend of the hook surronding the krystal flash.

Step 7: Tie in the ice chenille at the bend of the hook.

Step 8: Wind the ice chenille frowards brushing the strains backwards. Do not over wrap the material.

Step 9: Figure eight the ice chenille around the eyes.

Step 10: Tie off the ice chenille off in front of the eyes.

Step 11: Tie in the webby hackle (this is usually the part of the feather that is discarded) by the tip of the stem on to the hook shank.

Step 12: Make about two turns of the hackle arounf the shank of the hook.

Step 13: Secure the hackle with several wraps of thread and cut off any excess.

Step 14: Whip finish and apply some head cement (we us Sally's Hard as Nails).


Step 15: The finished pattern.