This blog will take off where the book "Unsinkable Dry Flies" left off, listing new and different ways to tie flies by attaching a air bubble to the hook. The flies displayed may be imitations of flies found in other reference materials or something completely unique. If you have a new idea email us, we will endeavor to post it on the Blog with your credit.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wonder Bug

This is a new pattern that has worked extremely well. When I first tied it I wondered if it would work, when it did I wondered why -- Thus the Wonder Bug.
Recipe Wonder Bug

Hook: Any brand 4X long size 6 to 16 with a fine wire, having as wide a gape
as possible. (aberdeen hook)
Thread: Purple 6/0 (70 denier) or larger (Metallic Thread if available)
Body: Purple Heat Shrink 1/8 or 3/16 diameter colored with alcohol ink: Note
other sizes can be used with smaller hooks. Tan Foam. Don't like heat shrink use purple foam. 
Legs: Medium to fine speckled white rubber centipede leg material
Post: White Polypropylene Yarn
Wing: Saddle white dun and optional white web wing or similar

Egg Sack: (Optional) Black Foam

1. Cut a single or two twin sections of Heat Shrink as long as the hook shank plus at least a 1/8 inch. Note: Twin sections are used when using smaller Heat Shrink.

2. Cut a section of tan foam approximately the same width as the Heat Shrink.
3. Cover the hook shank with thread.
4. Attach the heat shrink at the rear of the hook one section at a time using at least three thread wraps. Use heat to pinch the heat shrink to the hook shank.
5. Attach the foam at the rear of the hook shank and work the thread up to the eye.
6. Attach the heat shrink and foam at the eye using at least three thread wraps. Use heat to pinch the heat shrink to the hook shank and finish forming the air bubble.
7. Seal the thread at the hook eye with head cement or super glue. Trim off any excess foam and heat shrink.
8. Attach the centipede  legs in a crossing pattern between the foam and hook shank. Note: legs can be added at the rear and eye anchor point with thread when attaching the foam and heat shrink.        
9. Cement the legs in place with super glue if you use the crossing pattern.
10. Add the Heat Shrink or PP post and take 6-8 wraps around the light blue dun or white saddle parachute style. Seal the thread at the hook eye with super glue. 
11. Tails (white biots) can be added but do not seem to improve the patterns performance.


  1. nice pattern, really cool using heat shrink. You my friend have a new follower

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  3. Great stuff. I've been using heat shrink tubing for almost 10 years now. I wrote an article for the old "Fly Tying" magazine, Frank Amato Publications titled "O2 Stonefly," back in 1997 or 98 which introduced fly tiers to heat shrink. That pattern with a hopper pattern was featured in my book "Creative Flies" by Amato Publishing in 2002. I will be writing another magazine article about using heat shrink tubing in the very near future. I will mention you and your book.