Tying Grubs by Fred Hannie

Articles, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on February 23, 2010 8:37 am

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Here is a simple yet realistic looking pattern that should be equally effective for trout as well as bluegills. With this pattern my attempt was to create a fly that would mimic in appearance the larval stage of any number of beetle species . Commonly called grubs , these beetles in their larval stage , often become easy meals for any number of animals . Grubs are most often found in loose composting soil or leaf litter and can be deposited in ponds and streams carried by runoff after a rain . By altering the coloration in this pattern you can have an effective wax worm pattern as well.

Materials

Hook : #12 streamer or nymph
Thread: Danville’s .006 fine mono thread
Body: 40 lb monofilament
Legs: 6 lb monofilament
Sharpie Markers: Red , Amber, Black
Head Cement: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails


1. After securing your hook in the vise slightly bend the hook downward just before the eye.

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2. Tie on your thread as with any other fly.

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3. Cut four pieces of 40 lb mono , one inch long and with a flame fuse them together at one end. This will form the head of our grub.

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4. Tie the four pieces of fused mono to the top of the hook as shown. Be careful not to crowd the eye of the hook.

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5. Trim the pieces of mono at the start of the hook bend.

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6. Tie down the mono with smooth thread wraps.

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7. With a black Sharpie permanent marker darken 1/3 of a piece of 40 lb mono that is the length of the hook shaft.

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8. This piece is to be tied in under the hook with the colored section nearest the hook bend.

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9. Now we can finalize the grubs shape by adding smooth thread wraps or add even further realism by wrapping segmentation into the length of the body.

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10.Adding the legs is easy . We will tie in three pieces of 6 lb mono underneath the last 1/3 of the grub nearest the head. Use figure “8” wraps .

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11. Notice I used long pieces when tying them on. It is easier to work with longer pieces and trim them later .

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12. With a heated bodkin (warmed with the flame of a lighter) heat kink the mono legs straight down and cut them to their final length (about 5mm) .Color the legs at this time with the red marker.

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13. Now heat kink the legs at a ninety degree angle toward the eye of the hook . Make the bend at the mid point of the leg.

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14. Now finish the coloration with an amber marker for the head and finally coat the entire fly with Hard as Nails clear finger nail polish.

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Check out Fred’s website, www.realisticflytying.net, where Fred shares a wealth of information on realistic fly tying.

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8 Comments

  1. smallieFanatic says:

    Sweet tutorial. Very ingenious fly also!

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  2. Duane says:

    That is an ingenuous/simple patter. Great tutorial. I will tie some up and give them a try.

    Thanks

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  3. Floyd says:

    Another good looking fly Fred. Looks simple and easy to tie. I’ll have to give it a try.

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  4. paul boss says:

    awesome fly bro great tutorial also

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  5. Tim S says:

    That fly looks so real. Great job.

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  6. Roger Booth says:

    The fly lacks life and is too plastic, althoughthe colours are right.

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  7. cris says:

    Roger like you could do any better

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  8. Flyfisherr says:

    Roger, your dead wrong. Fly looks fantastic!!! Gtfo roger.

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