Fly Fishing: Gaviglio’s Minnow Bugger

The Minnow Bugger is an amazingly productive stillwater pattern. Over the last five years, this pattern has become my top producer for trout. Tied in sizes 6-10, it rarely fails to produce. I have mixed up the body colors and tail color combinations, but I always revert back to the same color scheme because of the dominance of responsiveness to that pattern.


4 Responses to “Fly Fishing: Gaviglio’s Minnow Bugger”

  1. May 17, 2014 at 10:21

    I would love to get your recipe for this as well. thanks.


    • May 17, 2014 at 18:58

      The pattern can be tied on any hook size from size 6 to 10 (3x) or smaller. I prefer size 6-8 with the appropriate size gold bead. Thread of your choice but 6/0 to 8/0 normal…color dark tone. The tail is two tone marabou with medium olive marabou over an equal length of white or cream marabou. The tail is about the length of the hook shank. I sometimes tie in a few strands of Krystal Flash or some flash tinsel in the tail but I wouldn’t want it to interrupt the movement of the marabou when wet so not too much. The hackle is a medium olive or olive/grizzly hackle tied in at tip just at bend of hook. The chenille is tied in here as well. Chenille is a ‘sparkle chenille’ of preferably olive, black and silver but even regular olive chenille would work if that is all you can get. The body is wrapped up to the bead and tied off. The hackle is palmered forward with maybe 4-5 wraps…not too many to let them move a bit and then tied off. That is it. Let me know if you need further.


  2. 3 Anonymous
    April 27, 2014 at 15:28

    Any chance of getting the tying recipe for the minnow bugger?


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