Tying Video – Smallmouth It’s-A-Bug

Way back in August of 2019 I published a video on a fly called It’s-A-Bug.  It is a fly I read about in a short little article in Fly Tyer magazine back in 2001.  It is a great panfish fly but I thought if I tied it a little bigger and added some rubber legs in as a tail it would make a great Smallmouth Bass fly.  My hunch was correct, for over 20 years it has been a steady producer of Smallmouth Bass and a fun fly to fish.  I recently found myself in need of replenishing my box of It’s-A-Bugs and Smallmouth It’s-A-Bugs and decided to do a video on the Smallmouth version.  Really, the only difference (and I mention this in the original video for the It’s-A-Bug)  is that the Smallmouth version is tied on a large hook, and one with a wider gap, and I added some rubber legs in as a tail.  Otherwise, it is tied just like the smaller panfish version.

I won’t elaborate here on the fly because I mentions a number of things in the video but I will mention that I know of a number of fly fishers who have tied the Smallmouth version using a dubbed body and a palmered hackle for the legs on the body.  I mention in the video using some Estaz for the body to add some sparkle but you can just as easily use dubbing to add some color without the flash.  You can keep the rubber legs on the body or palmer in a saddle hackle (like a Woolly Bugger) and it can represent the legs.  Additionally, you can use Marabou for a tail (maybe with a little flash [and rubber legs]) or even use some Schapplen.  I could even see tying something like this on a 3/0 or 4/0 (or larger) hook with lots of Schlappen and rubber legs for a tail as a Northern Pike or Musky fly!  I tend to like patterns that are simple and can be morphed into flies for other Species.  It’s-A-Bug is one such fly and I will be fishing the Smallmouth version for many years to come! – Enjoy

Hook:Mustad 3366, #1/0 – #4
Thread:UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier, black
Tail:Medium Round Rubber Legs, White
Body:Mop Chenille, Black
Legs:Medium Round Rubber Legs, White
Back:2mm Foam, Black
Head & Wing:2mm Foam, Chartreuse

If you would like to purchase a few Smallmouth It’s-A-Bug flies there are a number for sale (while supplies last).

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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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