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.
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.