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    Default Cooper bug variation

    Trimmed the head and wrapped, instead of leaving up like a copper bug or EHC.



    Pretty simple tie: tie elk hair down near the bend, tie in and wrap dubbing brush forward, tie down elk hair, trim and wrap head.

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    Nice looking fly. Do you use any hackle in it? Also, what size hook do use? Thanks!

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    No hackle, just wrapped hook with some wool yarn and then a mix of brown and orange squirrel hair dubbing. Tied the elk hair at the bend with the tips going out for a tail, then brought that forward, tied the ends down behind the eye and trimmed the head.

    Im not sure the appropriate size for this fly (maybe someone on the board has a better a recommendation), but I think 10 and 12 would work.

    BTW, these were on size 6 but I was trying them for bass and/or bream, not trout.
    Last edited by Slider; 11-20-2013 at 07:18 PM.

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    That looks good, gives me a use for some of these Squirrel furs!
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    I really like the use of the spikey squirrel dubbing its a wonderful body material. I used it several years ago for my nymph patterns, but have shifted my tying away from nymphs lately. I think many of us who have been focusing on delicate mayfly dries have subconsciously started reaching for the "convenient package" instead "of cutting off the skin" for most of our flies. Then we go back and rough up the synthetic.

    I believe the Cooper Bug was originally tied to represent a caddis emerger (?)/ terrestrial/ attractor. The pattern goes back a long ways. For Smokies Trout, MY suggestion would be to tie it down what you have down to a size 14 or 12 2xl hook. I'd sub a more buoyant material for the wool and use a paste floatant to keep it in the film. I'm sure you will catch trout on them.
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    Squirrel is becoming one of my favorite tying materials. I use Haretron dubbing alot, but use squirrel tails for many fly tails and have been using it for hackle (pretty pleased with results). Any of the ends I clip off when making hackle, I save and mix in with Haretron, so much of my dubbing is now rabbit and squirrel mix.

    Makes nice "buggy/spiky" woolly worms or woolly buggers, without even needing hackle.

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