Seal Bugger

May 2010

                                       Fly Pattern: Seal Bugger

                          Tyer's Name: John Sadler
                          Date: 05/03/10

    Fly Originator and History: Denny Rickards, originated the Seal Bugger in 
    the 1980's at Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon. It is a variation of the Woolly Bugger. 

                                       How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: John recommends a Type III sinking line for 
    slow trolling, and a Type VI for fast trolling.
    Depth range: Deep
    Suggested retrieve: Slow retrieve, or troll.
    Comments: The Seal Bugger is fished as a streamer. It is weighted heavily to 
    assist in a deep descent and give the fly a jigging action.

                                       Fly Material
    Hook make /size / length: DAI 730, #8 4XL (can use a #6 or 10 also).
    Thread: size / color / type: 8/0, olive UniThread 
    Weighted? y/n / size / # of wraps: .020 lead, 15 wraps for #6 or #8 (use 5 
    or 10 for a #10 hook.
    Tail material / size / color: Marabou, orange and pearl Flashabou.
    Body material / size/ color:  Jay Fair dubbing, olive with dubbing kicker 
    (3/4 Jay Fair, 1/4 kicker).
    Ribbing size / color: Copper wire.
    Thorax size / color: None.
    Hackle size / color: Orange grizzly saddle. 
    Head size / color: Small thread head. 
                                       Tying Steps
    1. Wind 15 wraps of .020 lead (or non-lead) wire on the shank of the hook. 
    Position the wraps about one eye's length behind the eye. 

    2. Apply the thread both fore and aft of the weight to secure it, then apply 
    a thread base along the shank to the bend (just above the barb).  

    3. Prepare an orange marabou tail, one shank's length, and tie it in at the 
    rear of the hook. Also tie in 4-strands of pearl Flashabou

    4. Tie in the copper wire at the rear.

    6. Make a dubbing loop at the rear, and add-in a generous amount of dubbing. Form 
    a bushy rope.

    7. Wrap the dubbing rope forward, and secure it (leave some space for the head).

    8. Behind the eye, tie in an orange grizzly hackle by the tip , with the shiny side facing 
    9. Wrap the hackle back to the bend, about 4 wraps. 

    10. Counter-wrap the copper wire taking care not to mash the hackle.

    11. Tie off the ribbing behind the eye, and trim the excess hackle and ribbing.

    12. Form a small thread head,whip finish and apply glue.
    13. Use a bodkin to free some of the dubbing and hackle that is trapped under the wire, 
    giving the fly a "buggy appearance"

                   Rick Shadforth 05/24/10