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    Default I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    but I can't find any evidence of it.


    Foam Head Buggers.




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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Nice

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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Mud, I have no evidence either, but when I was tying commercially I tied a floating bugger similar to what you've done, except I used cork popper heads. Back then good cork bodies were still quite popular & more readily available than they are now. The heads were reversed in similar fashion, and it was a pretty good stream fly for Smallmouths. Basically, it was combining a Woolly Bugger & a Sneaky Pete, both of which are good Smallmouth flies.

    Your rendition is a much nicer looking fly than I was making!

    My pattern used tinsel chenille in the body, with a hackle rib & a marabou tail with a few strands of Flashabou.

    I tied a deer hair bodied bugger too. It floated & was my combination of a Bugger & a Bomber fly used by the Salmon & Steelhead folks. Again, my intention was to target Smallmouths, and it worked pretty good too, but can't say it was any more productive than other patterns commonly used.
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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Quote Originally Posted by bigjim5589 View Post
    Mud, I have no evidence either, but when I was tying commercially I tied a floating bugger similar to what you've done, except I used cork popper heads. Back then good cork bodies were still quite popular & more readily available than they are now. The heads were reversed in similar fashion, and it was a pretty good stream fly for Smallmouths. Basically, it was combining a Woolly Bugger & a Sneaky Pete, both of which are good Smallmouth flies.

    Your rendition is a much nicer looking fly than I was making!

    My pattern used tinsel chenille in the body, with a hackle rib & a marabou tail with a few strands of Flashabou.

    I tied a deer hair bodied bugger too. It floated & was my combination of a Bugger & a Bomber fly used by the Salmon & Steelhead folks. Again, my intention was to target Smallmouths, and it worked pretty good too, but can't say it was any more productive than other patterns commonly used.

    I was sitting here tying up some poppers and thinking about tying some sliders when the idea of combining a slider and a bugger hit me. Once I tied it it seemed so dang logical that I went looking for pictures or tales about them, I just knew that others have done this. I see that I am correct, others have had similar ideas.

    I'm a big fan of fishing foam head flies on a sinking line and I think these will work great for that with sort of a reverse jigging action. I think they will also make nice sliders for tossing into a shad boil.

    Tied with larger hooks and they would make a good Mullet for redfish, they have the head shape for it.

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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Mudbug,

    I really like those!! I think I am going to make some. But, as I was looking for foam head buggers, I found them for sale across the pond: Unlimited Flies :: Wooly Buggers & Leeches :: Wooly Buggers :: Nelson's Foam Head Wooly Bugger 6

    Still, I like yours a lot better.
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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Quote Originally Posted by busbus View Post
    Mudbug,

    I really like those!! I think I am going to make some. But, as I was looking for foam head buggers, I found them for sale across the pond: Unlimited Flies :: Wooly Buggers & Leeches :: Wooly Buggers :: Nelson's Foam Head Wooly Bugger 6

    Still, I like yours a lot better.

    And there we have it. Proof that this is not an idea that is unique to me.

    Cool.

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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    I do something kind of similar....

    I tie in a 1/8" strip of 1/8' foam behind the eye and wrap over it going back, sort of working on one side of the shank, then fold it back over and run the thread and foam back up to the eye on the other side of the top of the shank. Sometimes I'll add a loosely spun deerhair head, but they tend to get chewed up pretty fast.
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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Yours are much nicer and I can see something more ridged makes it that much easier to paint.

    The article I read was about someone using a spent shell casing, knocking out the primer and then inserting a bolt secured with a nut, and chucked in a drill. He then used this thing to take "core samples" of foam flipflops and i suppose anything else that would make a suitable body. That sounded like a good idea, but I havn't had a chance to try it. Wish I could recall where i read it.

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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Quote Originally Posted by moxnichts View Post
    Yours are much nicer and I can see something more ridged makes it that much easier to paint.

    The article I read was about someone using a spent shell casing, knocking out the primer and then inserting a bolt secured with a nut, and chucked in a drill. He then used this thing to take "core samples" of foam flipflops and i suppose anything else that would make a suitable body. That sounded like a good idea, but I havn't had a chance to try it. Wish I could recall where i read it.

    A friend of mine Does that for poppers and ant bodies.

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    Default Re: I know I can't be the first person to ever think of this...

    Mudbug: What a great looking pattern! I have some foam heads, I think I will tie up a few and try on the smallmouth bass pond the next time I visit my grandson.

    Larry
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