The Tossed Salad Bug is the result of me wanting to find a pattern that not only is tied big enough to interest bigger Bluegill, but, also for Largemouth Bass to take an interest in. A double duty bug, if you will. This pattern is a variation of a pattern from Ralph over at Ralph’s Fly Box. While Ralph tied his pattern to seduce some tricky Cutthroat Trout, he added that it worked for Bass and Bluegill when fished on his local pond. The “light” went on for me, if it worked on Bluegill and Bass, then it worked for me, too! The only variation to Ralph’s pattern is that I added a double set of rubber legs instead of just one for color effects. I also added the Chartreuse colored Elk Hair for the wing instead of a traditional deer hair colored wing.
What you will need to tie the Tossed Salad Bug
- I used a Chartreuse colored thread 6/0
- Hook – I use a 3xl nymph hook size (6-10), or, I just purchased some Gamakatsu B10S Hooks in size (6). Wide Gap!
- Black Foam (2MM)
- Black Ice Dubbing
- Black and Chartreuse Rubber Leg material
- Chartreuse colored Elk Hair
The Pattern Recipe For The Tossed Salad Bug
- After attaching your thread to the hook and laying a solid thread base back to the barb spot on the hook, cut a longer strip of Black Foam width 1/4″
- Cut the tip of one end of the foam into a triangle point and tie in the triangle point directly above the barb on the hook. **Tip** – The triangle tip should extend rearward and the length of the foam should go toward the eye of the hook. After securing the tip rearward, beginning wrapping close thread wraps down the foam binding the foam to the back of the hook. When you get to the eye of the hook “do not” trim the foam off. Simply fold it back over itself.
- Make another thread wrap binding down the foam again which also makes for a nice foam head. Continue wrapping close wraps of thread down the back of the hook securing the foam again with close spiral wraps. When you reach the bend of the hook with your close wraps. then, it is time to trim the foam off square. Thus, the reason for the longer piece of foam that you originally cut. You will need all that length!
- Take your thread and again, make close spiral wraps with the thread to the head of the fly and back to the tie in point at the rear of the hook. Essentially, you have bound down two layers of foam for the body base.
- Next, using Black Ice Dubbing (any black dubbing will do.) Apply the dubbing to your thread twisting it as tight as you can to make a “noodle”. Wrap your dubbing noodle to about the half way mark of the hook shank.
- Next cut equal length of both a Black and a Chartreuse rubber leg material and tie both pieces together on one side of the hook. Next, cut another length of the same rubber leg material, and tie it in directly across from where the other leg material is tied in.
- Now, take your dubbing material and dub some more on to your thread. Carefully, separate the rubber legs one set rearward on each side and wrap one wrap of dubbing between the rear and front rubber legs. Fold the front rubber leg material back and begin wrapping the dubbing to a point near the foam head you created earlier.
- Cut a fairly decent size clump of Elk Hair and use a Hair Stacker to even the tips of the hair. Measure your hair so that it extends rearward to a point just behind the bend of the hook. Tie your Elk Hair down just behind the foam head where your dubbing had ended. I make three firm wraps with the thread which causes the Elk Hair to flare our over the back of the hook.
- Complete your whip finish knot and use Sally Hansen’s or other head cement to bind down the knot and Elk Hair.
- As an option, you can also use Super Glue to bind down the foam to the thread base at the beginning of the tying sequence.
I realize that without pictures this appears to be a somewhat complicated process….. But, it really isn’t. After a few tied up the steps become common and your Bluegill and Bass are in trouble! If you have questions feel free to leave a comment and ask whatever you would like…….
I appreciate all feedback and look forward to hearing from my readers.
Mel – The Bluegill Bug