In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Cheech with Fly Fish Food ties a fantastic streamer for this fall and winter season, the Articulated Hen Bugger.
Learn About This Fly:
Streamer season is officially in full swing and offers some of the best eats of the year. Cooler temperatures have hit everywhere in the country, with some areas being directly in winter and others in mid-fall. Regardless of what temperatures you are dealing with, fish will respond to a streamer if fished properly. One streamer that should be in every angler’s box is a very unique streamer tied with nearly one material, the Articulated Hen Bugger.
This pattern will be very difficult for beginners, but intermediate to expert tyers should have a relatively easy time on the vise. Dubbing loops and articulations are effective methods for adding profile and movement to your flies, although they may be frustrating if new to you. Practice makes perfect and even beginner fly tyers wanting to get better should give the Articulated Hen Bugger a try.
Depending on current and depth, this fly can be fished on floating or sinking lines. Most days using streamers produce quality over quantity, so if you want numbers, nymphing this time of year will be your best bet nearly everywhere. Do not be afraid of throwing streamers this fall and winter, and make sure to give the Articulated Hun Bugger a try when you do!
- Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper – 2
- Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper – 6
- Cone: Brass Cone Heads – Large (1/4″) – Copper
- Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread – 140 Denier – Brown
- Tail / Hackle: Whiting Red Label Hen Saddle – Brown
- Body: Fulling Mill Voodoo Streamer Dub – Dark Brown Copper UV
- Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire – Thin – Black
- Lead: Lead Wire Spool – 0.025
Now you know how to tie the Articulated Hen Bugger!
Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.