The Bluegill Bug – Ice Cream Cones


The other day, I was asked by a fellow fly fisher if Midge patterns could catch Bluegill? I quickly responded that Bluegills will actively feed on sub-surface and surface Midge patterns when the time of the season calls for Midges to come to life.  They are small, easy to ingest for Bluegill, and, just as reliable as any other type…

The Bluegill Bug – Tossed Salad Bug


Let’s tie a Tossed Salad Bug…………. So named for those times when you throw everything up in the air and make a tossed salad out it. (Referring to my blog rant).  Now, how about some Tossed Salad Bug. The Tossed Salad Bug is the result of me wanting to find a pattern that not only is tied big enough to…

The Bluegill Bug – Mayhem


Been a lit busier here than normal over the past couple of weeks, and in addition, my wife had some fairly serious surgery completed, so providing support and care seems essential.  Anyhow, we passed through the March Mayhem basketball stuff with the usual frenzy around my home, which is not much at at all to be honest……… However, I would…

The Bluegill Bug – The Blood Red Leech


Welcome to Fly Tyin’ Times and a new format for the way I will post my fly patterns.  I hope that it meets with your approval.  After playing around with the video concept, and, actually completing this same pattern on video, I realized something.  Videos are too stressful for me and quality was lacking as far as I was concerned. …

The Bluegill Bug – The Red Tag Soft Hackle


  As anyone who has spent much time fly fishing for whatever species they want, and particularly if you are a fly tyer also, then you probably are very aware of the fish catching quality of Peacock Herl. You know this stuff: Found in most all fly shops, mail order fly tying suppliers, craft shops etc. The color, the iridescence,…

The Bluegill Bug – Modified Sheep Creek


In interacting with other fly tyer’s over on a couple of Facebook Fly Tying Groups I participate in, I was asked to share my pattern recipe for one of my very favorite Bluegill nymphs.  Thus, I will share here my tying technique for the “Modified Sheep Creek”. But, first I would like to just make note here of a few…

The Bluegill Bug- Golden Retriever


A few evenings ago, while I was reading the new posts on a Facebook Fly Fishing Group that I participate in, a question came about if anyone had heard of a Golden Retriever fly pattern.  I quickly offered up a pattern that I have been tying for awhile with just that name………. Now, I did not create this pattern, but,…

The Bluegill Bug – The Foam Krystal Beetle…………


Some more work from the tying vise while I am enduring the high heat in Northern Colorado. (Actually, as I write this, we have had a day or two of cooler weather.  Here Fishy, Fishy!)Important to note here:  My patterns are patterns that I have fished with and had good success with.  They work! That does not mean they are…

The Bluegill Bug – The ID Olive Soft Hackle


ID Olive Soft Hackle   Pattern   Body Olive Ice Dubbing Hackle Dyed Olive Partridge Head Olive Glass Bead Hook Size 14, 12, 10 Hook Type Tiemco 200r Rib Copper Wire, Gold Wire       Description Tied to represent Caddis Pupa or Emerger fished just sub-surface, or, as a basic Soft Hackle fished wet in ponds, lakes, and streams.…