Monster's Bug

Published May 9th 2007

A big bug for big fish


Bug fever
The bug fever started when I got a foam beetle from my friend Darius Vaskevicius.

Within short, the fly caught me my biggest chub ever, which was close to 60 cm/24".
So this bug was so attractive, that I started experimenting with shape, colors and other woodoo things. One of the experiments resulted in a beetle with creamy body and mint colored foam. It was tied just for fun and not for fishing. However, one day, when the fish were not biting, I tied it on and within a few hours I caught many and nice chubs. It does not look natural, but it certainly works very well. Now I am aware that it works best under the pre-spawning period. The rest of the season, the fish prefer brown and black flies looking more naturally.

Once I saw some Latvian bugs, which were not bugs but BUGS - as big as matchboxes. After a short consideration I figured out the main formula: big BUG = big CHUB.
As easy as can be… and indeed, after I increased the size of my beetles, I started to catch big chubs and those small ones (we call them fliers - after the strike, they often fly out of the water) don't bother me anymore. They just can't take it, it is too big for their mouths. And one more advantage - big bug is a more attractive for big fish.

The bug has also a sound effect builded in: it hits water with more noise, which I have experienced to be essential when fishing for chub.

I fish them dead drifting. I prefer fishing from a float tube as there are many trees and branches all over, which sneak up behind me and snap off my flies. Going downstream in a float tube protects me a bit from these greedy trees.

When fishing the dry version there is no doubt, when the the chub takes the fly. It gets much more difficult to see the take, when fishing the sub-merged version dead drifting. You hardly feel the take, so strike when you see a short flash or whirl close to your fly.
So why bother using the sub-merged? Sometimes the chubs do not rise and are only willing to take something fished below the surface.

Hook2X light streamer, size 12-6
FoamAny color to match natural or mint colored
ThreadColor matching foam
Cell foam packaging materialIt usually comes in white
DubbingNatural or dyed hare with some long fibres.
LegsBlack or white nylon brush

Add some weight if you want a submerged version.

The mint version -
The mint version
Tying instructions
  1. Cut a foam strip.
  2. Shape it as shown.
  3. Tie in the narrow end of the strip. Use loose turns or a flat thread, otherwise the thread will cut through the foam.
  4. Take the packaging material – it will help you form nice body.
  5. Tie in.
  6. Bend forward, tie in.
  7. Then backward, than again forward… and so on. Finish when you will be satisfied with the shape of the body.
  8. Cut off the excess.
  9. Color the belly to match the dubbing, or maybe create contrast - it is up to you.
  10. Place the dubbing in a dubbing loop and twist.
  11. Make the dubbing loop coem forward in nice equal turns.
  12. Here is the time for the broom. It is better to use broom with thick bristles. Pull out some bristles. If you don't have the broom, you can use hair brush (if you dare).
  13. Tie in the bristles. It will be bug legs. Secure it with some Super Glue.
  14. Some more dubbing. You can use different color for the head.
  15. Stretch the foam strip forward and fasten it.
  16. Form the head.
  17. Now it's candle time. Take the needle, forceps, heat the needle on the candle light (be careful with the open flame!!!)
  18. It needs to just small touch to bend the leg. If you too long it will burn trough.
  19. And that's it - you have a MONSTER BUG

Tying sequence

Step 1 - Cover the hook shank
Step 1
Step 2 - Cut a wide strip of foam
Step 2

Step 3 - Shape the foam
Step 3
Step 4 - Tie in the foam at the point
Step 4

Step 5 - Take a 4-5 mm wide cell foam from some packaging material.
Step 5
Step 6 - Tie in the white cell foam
Step 6

Step 7 - Make the cell foam come forward. Secure it eith the tying thread.
Step 7
Step 8 - Make the white cell foam come backward again. Secure it with the tying thread.
Step 8

Step 9 - Secure the foam using narrow turns on the lower side of the shank and wider turns on the upper side of the shank.
Step 9
Step 10 - Paint the white cell foam.
Step 10

Step 11 - Make a dubbing loop.
Step 11
Step 12 - Make the dubbing loop come forward in equal turns.
Step 12

Step 13 - Prepare the legs.
Step 13
Step 14 - Tie in 3 brushes as shown.
Step 14

Step 15 - Make the dubbing loop come forward over the legs.
Step 15
Step 16 - Make the black cell foam come forward. Secure it with the dubbing loop over the second pair of legs.
Step 16

Step 17 - Make the black cell foam come forward to the hook eye. Tie down.
Step 17
Step 18 - Touch the legs with a heated needle.
Step 18

Step 19 - Legs done
Step 19
Step 20 - The finished fly
Step 20

User comments
From: ryan · vitzryan·at·  Link
Submitted October 18th 2009

that would be bad for large mouth bass

From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted January 13th 2008

that looks bad 2 the bone

From: Edmund - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted December 27th 2007


From: Brent · aroostookbasser·at·  Link
Submitted August 8th 2007

Love it in black and yellow combos...... the bees knees!!!!!! For bass and trout in Northern Maine.

From: Reuven Segal · reuven_segal·at·  Link
Submitted May 13th 2007

Very nice article....I'd love to see more.

I love it

From: rybolov · rybolov·at·  Link
Submitted May 9th 2007

Now you're talking like a bass fisherman. We use large flies so we're not catching 5-inch panfish all day long.

GFF staff comment
Comment to an image
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted June 5th 2007


The legs are made from black or white nylon brush as you can see from the pattern description on the main page. Click on the image to get there.


Comment to an image
From: thompsonfly · thompsonfly2006·at·  Link
Submitted June 5th 2007

what the material these (patas)

Comment to an image
From: Eight Thumbs · dogsurfer1·at·  Link
Submitted October 4th 2008

How many brookies did that thing have for breakfast? Seriously, a very nice tie. I often tie Pete Frailey's Gurgle Pops in that size and even larger (1/0 or 2/0) for LMB. Thanks for sharing!

Comment to an image
From: Riley · rjhsoccer·at·  Link
Submitted November 18th 2007

are those staples for the legs?

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