[Video] Denny Rickards’ Seal Bugger by Caddis Fly Shop

Barrett Christiansen of Caddis Fly Shop demonstrates how to tie a version of Denny Rickards Seal Bugger. The Seal Bugger is one of Denny Rickards stillwater “suggestive patterns” he details in Fly-Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout and is a great searching pattern. The Seal Bugger can be fished with a floating line or a variety of sinking lines to imitate many critters that are found in lakes and ponds such as leeches, and dragon fly or damsel fly nymphs.

Seal Bugger Material List

Hook: TMC 5262, size 6
Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, Black
Lead: Round Lead Wire, 0.025″
Body: STS Trilobal Antron, Bloody Leach
Hackle: Grizzly Saddle Hackle, Dyed Purple
Tail: Wooly Bugger Marabou, Black
Ribbing: Brassie Ultra Wire, Red

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jon says

re: seal bugger. Any opinions on whether the fly is more effective if palmered with a saddle hackle ( uniform barbs) or with a neck hackle tied with barbs getting shorter from eye back to tail?

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