Calico Bugger (craft store boa)

Calico Bugger

The basic Woolly Bugger pattern. I designed this pattern some ten years ago for Salmon Lake at the Douglas Lake Ranch (an excellent non-pay lake at the East end of the ranch) in BC. I had had excellent results the year before with a brownish woolly bugger with grizzly hackle and a black tail. At a local craft store, I came upon a boa that incorporated black, gray (grey for the Brit’s), tan, brown and creme marabou feather fibers. I started cutting off clumps from the boa and creating the tail of the bugger from the boa. The body was either a mottled/varigated brown chenille or rug yarn or here a black/purple/maroon dubbing blend with the grizzly palmered hackle. The Calico (like a cat) Bugger has always produced. I either start with a Calico, Little Fort Leech or a Minnow Bugger. Between the three, the traditional color spectrum of black, brown and green are covered and these flies are more appealing to the flyfisherman…an important consideration to me. With the Calico Bugger a mottled affect is created, especially with the tail. The boa makes blending of marabou fibers easy.     


4 Responses to “Calico Bugger (craft store boa)”

  1. December 11, 2017 at 06:55

    Thank you for sharing tying material data. You have many fans who love your fly tying work and blogs. Tight Lines Sir!

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  2. June 30, 2013 at 09:58

    Reblogged this on creekfisher and commented:
    This fly pattern is truly a wonderful pattern. How to acquire this pattern or tie this pattern is something I am now seeking after having seen it here. Please advise or provide “hints and Tips” as to the how parts. Keep up the great work and blog presentations.


    • June 30, 2013 at 11:24

      Lorenzo the most important components, colors wise, were the tail and body. I used a purplish/black yarn for the abdomen. The tail may be more problematic for you: in a craft store (Michael’s in Portland, Oregon) I found a boa comprised of black, tan, white and burnt orange. I have had a hard time finding it since then. I would suggest blending/stacking small portions of marabou in black, tan, orange to build the tail. In the SwittersB blog I have tied the Minnow Bugger. That tail is stacked olive over cream marabou. Best wishes and thank you for visiting/commenting.

      Gary (SwittersB)

      Lorenzo here is a link to a boa quite close just missing the black which you could add: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/redfox.html


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