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Mars Bug

tied by Jimmy Aw
Fly Type: Terrestrials & Midges,
Target Species: Panfish,
Recommended Region: Other,
Imitation: Hoppers/Crickets,
Material List:
Hook : Dai-riki Natural Bend Size 10
Thread : Fine Mono Thread
Lower Abdomen : Peacock herl Or Black Foam Sheets Or Black Chenille.
Upper Body & Head : Dark Green Bucktail.
Wing Case : Partridge Feathers (Single)
Wing : Pearly Iridescent Plastic sheet (Crumbled. )
Legs : Black Rubber Legs (02 Strand)
Eyes : Burnt Mono Eyes (80 to 100lb mono)
Tying Instructions: 1) Prepare Burn Mono Eyes. Use candle/lighter to burn both ends of 100lb mono line to form the eyes.
2) Tie approximately ¾ length thread bedding on the hook shank starting with the hook eye. Tie down the Burnt Mono Eyes.
3) Tie the Black Chenille to form the lower abdomen. Or…Tie down the 2-3 strands of Peacock herl fibres & twists to form a herl core. Wrap the herl around the hook shank to form lower abdomen. Or…Tie the Black Foam in to form lower abdomen.
4) Cut 02 tear drop shape of Pearly Iridescent Plastic sheets for wings. Tie them down in front of the Black Abdomen. Tie down too the Partridge feather case.
5) Tie green Buck tail onto hook shank near the hook eye. Fold the buck tail over the Mono Eyes & tie down the tail clump to form the Head. 9) Securing at the head with Head Cement.
Presentation Tips: This fly is initially tied as Cicada.

As I see this creation more & more... the mono eyes made it looks more like little aliens from Mars. Thus "Mars" Bug.

Present this big dry fly as what we all would do to a Terrestrial Hopper fly.

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