How to Tie: The Creeper Bug

In this week’s how to tie video feature, fly-tying guru Svend Diesel is here to show us how to tie the creeper bug

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Novice 

When it comes to flies for entry-level tiers, the creeper bug pattern is one of the coolest and simplest flies out there. This fly is a new take on the classic wooly bugger fly, utilizing the classic marabou tail, and is best for scanning the bottom of a hole for lingering fish.

The key to this fly is its utilization of the barbell lead eyes which not only helps it sink fast, but also forces the fly to drift with the hook shank surface-side. Like flies such as the belly scratcher, the top facing hook allows for this fly to be dragged along the bottom without the worry of snag. Because of this attribute, as well as its quick sink design, this fly is perfect for fishing for carp and other bottom feeders.

When it comes to tying this fly, there isn’t all too much that goes into it. Some things to note are an emphasis on the importance of resin when building the body. As Svend explains, this fly takes a lot of beating from rocks and gravel. By adding resin fixings throughout your tie, you greatly increase the longevity of the fly. Another thing you can do if you feel your fly isn’t getting deep as fast as you’d like is add some lead wraps to the body before adding any materials (minus the lead eyes).


  • Hook: #ahrexhooks TP650 size 2
  • Thread: #Semperfli nano silk 6/0
  • Tail: #Naturesspiritflytying fish hunter marabou Sculpin Olive
  • Body: FNF creeper olive Eyes: Medium Lead eyes
  • Resin and Glue: Z-ment and Solarez Bone dry

Now you know how to tie the Creeper Bug!

Video and Ingredients courtesy of Svend Diesel

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