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Cress Bug pattern

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I wanted to know what you guys tie up for a cress bug. I have already tied shenks and humphreys version but was looking for somthing else.

Fishidiot kindly gave me some advice but Bill Skilton yarn no longer seems to be available anywhere.


Posted on: 2011/11/29 12:15


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I usually just use a gray scud, but if you need a specific pattern, this one works well..


Posted on: 2011/11/29 12:23


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Thanks Sniper.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 12:30


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great pattern, i will definitely try that...

Posted on: 2011/11/29 12:35


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Get some of those match stick lead weights and lash pieces of them to the hook. When you dub over it, it gets a nice, flat cress bug shape.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 12:46


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Thanks Jay, do you not find Scuds and Cress bugs to fish better unweighted? I think they do.

From your idea though I'm going to lash a couple of bits of d rib to the sides to get the profile without the weight.


Posted on: 2011/11/29 14:05


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I tie some unweighted, using other patterns. Most of the time, I prefer the weighted ones, especially if sight fishing or in fast water.

Perhaps you're right, but I like to fish both.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 14:25


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the match stick lead weights are great for tying....you can cut them and get the amount, width and length you want.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 15:41


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Atlantisboy,
This material available through TCO is the same stuff (or very similar) as the Bill Skilton product:

http://www.tcoflyfishing.com/1TCO_Fly ... ubcat=Yarns&type=CressBug

Posted on: 2011/11/29 15:45


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I just take a little bit of ostrich herl, died in the color of your preference, palmer it up the hook. Make a shell back out of your preferred material. Done.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 16:16


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Can't argue with the sender approach, either. Ostrich herl is underappreciated.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 16:19


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Thanks Dave , I did look at the TCO yarn, wasn't sure if that was anything similar to the Bill Skilton yarn.

I agree on the ostritch herl. I have lots , don't use it but should!

Posted on: 2011/11/29 16:46


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Ostrich herl is one of my favorite materials.

Posted on: 2011/11/29 16:59


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Who ever posted the video did you a favor. I never caught anything on cressbug imitations before I tied these up. I fish an inchworm all summer as a searcher and I tied this cressbug off the end of the inchworm hook. It out fished the inchworm almost 2 to 1. People who know me know that I catch fish on the inchworm and fish it as my go to fly, so needless to say this fly impressed the hell out of me. It was the fly not the fisherman!

Posted on: 2011/11/29 17:05


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Foxgap what size and colors do you use and have you tried weighted vs unweighted?

I take it you are talking about fishing an inchworm dry not a sunken patern?

Posted on: 2011/11/29 19:51



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