I made a few changes to the Peacock Bugger I posted on MTFA’s web site, and I think it will become one of my favorite.  Instead of using a Tiemco TMC5263 or a streamer hook, I am using a Tiemco TMC403BLJ.  This is a barbless jig hook with a wide gap.  This Short (Fat) bugger will travel across the bottom with the hook up.  This will eliminate the hook getting caught on the bottom.  I also have listed the materials in the order that they are tied on.  Fly tied by Dennis Stead – size 10.


  1. Hook: Tiemco TMC403BLJ
  2. Hook Size:  8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  3. Head: Brass Bead or Tungsten, Gold or Black Nickel
  4. Weight: If Brass Bead is used, add lead wire
  5. Thread: UTC-Thread 8/0 or 6/0
  6. Tail: Marabou (optional – Grizzle tip for tiger tail)
  7. Hackle: Color to match bugger color
  8. Body: Peacock Herl
  9. Hot Core: Madeira Prism White, White Antron

Tying Steps

Tie on a thread base to the bend.  Tie on the marabou tail and trim off the excess.

Tie on a feather tip for a tiger tail and the feather that you will palmer forward later.

Tie in three peacock herl, tie in Madeira thread or your Antron.  Whip finish because you are going to rotate the peacock herl, Madeira and thread together.  Then rotate the twisted materials back to the tail.

Pull extra thread from your bobbin and while holding the twisted material, tie off the twisted material.  To tie off, I do 5 turns in front and 3 turns in the back.  Cut off the extra twisted material.  I whip finish in the back and then wind my thread to the front.

Palmer the feather forward to the front and tie off.  Whip finish.  I will use Dave’s flex cement.

Some people will pinch off the extra marabou on the tail but I like to use Fiskars Pinking Shears.

Fishing instructions: Fish by letting fly sit on bottom then move it a little and let it sit again.

Following the same tying instruction and change the material colors, you can tie the following.


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