Published Sep 22. 2006 - 17 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Killer bug material

Hi guys,

I've a question regarding tying Frank Sawyer killer bug.
The body material Frank Sawyer used is the Chadwick 47. This material is no longer available.

Who know's a good subtitute for this material and were can I buys this via the internet?


Atli's picture

Hi Lino,...

Hi Lino,

Found this on the net, haven't tried it though.


killer bug...

just use any gray yard. That is what the makers son says to do.

arkle's picture

Chadwick's lost the dye...

Chadwick's lost the dye recipe for 477 some 30years or so back in a fire, the nearest colour to follow it was their 454 but that was discontinued around 20years ago with all the other darning wools they made. 477 comands very high prices indeed - you do see it on ebay now and again, and it often reaches £40.+ per card. I have heard it go to £100+ in some cases.There are numerous substitutes on the market, its just a matter of trying different ones until you are happy with the results.


Hi Lino,...

Hi Lino,
I have ordered some substitute from the UK because 40 pounds are breaking my budget ( at around 1.99 GBP. It works nicely. If you need a good tying instruction Oliver Edwards tying videos are great,

FWIW, I use a 100% wool...

FWIW, I use a 100% wool medium gray yarn and it works perfectly. Take a look at [url][/url] for step by step and a video of this fly being tied. I also have a link to a gallery of images of Frank Sawyer himself tying his Pheasant Tail.

Joe C.

Personally I've used www...

Personally I've used for sourcing mine. A nice yarn and catches fish too!

Alot cheaper than £40 :lol:

taff's picture

keiller Bug Yarn...

Take a look,

5 days to go and nearly £50.00 including postage!

Im not sure Id pay £50.00 for some yarn. Having said that I have some capes that easily cost that. Whats the difference?


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