The Wiggle Bug Part 2

By Mike Hogue

Some time ago, I put up a posting on how to make the wiggle bug. A few months ago, one of the originators, Larry Tullis contacted me and we exchanged ideas and discussed the success of this fly. On this page I'll share many of the concepts of the fly Larry has found to be effective. The Wiggle Bug has now been fished virtually all over the world. With several variations , changes in sizes and colors, the wiggle bug can be fished for all sorts of fish. The wiggle bug has been used successfully on Pike, Bass, Bluegill, Large Trout, Saltwater Bones and Reds. While this page won't give you a specific pattern per say, I will show how you can alter designs to fit your situtations.

The Original Wiggle Bug was made using a product developed for the Edgewater Fly Company in Utah. The backs are made of dense foam and were cut and shaped on a band saw. The backs were made in several sizes, lengths and colors.

The main reason the fly is so effective is becuase of the unique shape which creates vibrations. These vibrations create sounds which attract fish cause them to strike. The moving actions and twisting make think fish the fly is an injuried, struggling baitfish.

The fly has more in common with a fishing lure than many traditional designs we think of. The diving bill makes the fly dig down into the water and the narrow,long taper makes the fly wiggle from side to side.

Larry typically uses a long shank, straight ring eye hook. ( like the Mustad 9674 or B940 Kamasan Hook). The fly is made by starting at the eye and tying back. The foam is tyed in the back and pulled over the hook. This construction method is somewhat different than mine but it will create the same style of fly. Note that the original makes use of ice chenille for the body . Eyes are made using water-proof t-shirt paints.


The same basic design can be altered into a crawdad. Larry uses wire to make segments and to create the crawdad shape. He adds hackle and uses rabbit and rubber legs in the head to imitate the claws. The back is brown maker on yellow foam. The eyes are made with t-shirt paints.




By changing the shape, length and widith you can create new versions of the same flies. The fly has been tied as a nymph, with extra long tails for pike and in many sizes, colors and lengths. The smaller sizes are very effective on large trout that are accustomed to seeing tons of Rapalas. Larry has also used metallic spray paints in making the fly.

Of course the one that appeals to me is the tiny sized bluegill one. Alright it is too darn cute.






To fish the fly, Larry uses several techniques. In lakes, Larry likes to toss the bug around cover and strip it back, causing the fly to diver in and around the cover. He will often let the fly sit and then jiggle and retrive it in diving motions.


In streams Larry casts across and down stream and works the fly up stream in short strips. Long swings are made over and across the stream using natural drifting techniques.





Hope you enjoyed this . Special thanks to Larry Tullis for his artwork, time and some interesting designs!




For more Info Contact:

Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068

Phone: 607-347-4946