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Deer Hair Bass Bugs

Murray's Frisky Frog Deer Hair Bass Bug
Murray’s Frisky Frog Deer Hair Bass Bug

Deer Hair Bass Surface Bugs are easy to tie and are very effective to fish. Here are some tips which help beginning fly tyers in the winter classes I teach in my fly shop tie great deer hair bass bugs. The most important step is to remove all of the fuzz and short hair from each bunch of deer hair as you trim it from the skin. To do this I hold the trimmed bunch of hair by the tips and brush it vigorously with a stiff toothbrush. Next I like to keep the hook shank free of thread wraps except right where I tie the tail in. I also like to use Kevlar tying thread to reduce thread-breakage. Trim the finished bug very closely on the stomach in order to hook the bass securely. Paint the stomach of the bug right along the hook shank with spar varnish cut 50-50 with paint thinner to make the bug very durable. Keep the bug’s appendages on the sides (such as wings and legs) to a minimum so the bug does not twist the leader when casting.
The Tapply Hair Bug and the Murray’s Deer Hair Bass Bug Series are good examples of smooth, very effective Deer Hair Bass Bugs.

Surface Bass Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop

Bass Surface Bugs - Murray's Fly Shop - Fishing a Popper close to the shaded banks will give you many bass
Bass Surface Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop – Fishing a Popper close to the shaded banks will give you many bass

Surface Bass Bugs – Murray’s Fly Shop – Poppers and Smallmouth Bass!!  Here is the most dependable technique I use in my personal fishing with popping bugs and the method the anglers in my smallmouth schools learn quickly and catch many smallmouth bass with. My reason for developing this technique lies on the fact that many large bass choose feeding stations along the shaded banks where the water is from two to four feet deep flowing over a cobblestone stream bottom.  My goal is to fish my Shenandoah Blue Popper size 6 on long drifts as close to these banks as possible with a gentle teasing action. I position myself 40 feet out from the bank and cast my Popper 20 degrees down and across stream so it lands very close to the bank.  Since the fast current between the bank and myself could quickly grab the fly line and pull my Popper off the bank it is imperative that I instantly mend the fly line belly back upstream.  This should be done with just enough force to cause the Popper to move only several inches.  This will assure that the Popper will drift naturally about 5 feet down the river very close to the bank over the bass’ feeding stations.  By this time the current will start pulling on my fly line again and I need to mend the belly back upstream.  However, I’m careful to use only enough force to cause my Popping Bug to move only several inches.  Again I’ll get another 5 foot natural drift along the bank.  Repeating this method the third time assures you that you have effectively fished your Popper naturally 15 feet along the bank. By wading slowly downstream and stopping every 15 feet to repeat this technique you will catch many nice bass.