February 2017

Two flies this month, The Lazy Bugger & The Pork & Peacock. 


Lazy Bugger

The Lazy Bugger. Tied and demonstrated by Neal Hawes: Neal explained that this fly was developed from a fly tied by Pat O’Keefe for fishing Lake Aniwhenua. This is Neal’s own version, especially useful where the trout are used to dining off small goldfish.

Hook:           8, 10, 12

Thread:         Black or to match body

Head:           Red glass bead

Body:            Chenille, brown, olive or any

Tail:                 Marabou

Hackle:           To match body


Put bead on hook, and tie thread  to tail as usual, glue to hook if desired.

Tie on a marabou tail about hook length or a little more.

Tie in chenille at tail, and wind thread to front.

Wind chenille to head and tie off. Trim.

Tie the hackle in just behind the bead head. Tie in by the tip, and make 3-4 turns before tying off and trimming. Tie in a head ensuring hackles lay back towards tail.


The Pork and Peacock. Tied and demonstrated by Neal Hawes:  Neal developed this fly after a pig-hunting trip with his Aussie mates. The beauty of using pig bristles (those from along the back of a wild boar) is that they are already split at the tips to make a realistic tail.


Pork & Peacock

Hook:           12, 14

Thread:         Black

Tail:                 4-5 pig bristles

Body:              Black thread

Thorax:            Peacock herl (1 or 2 as desired)

Wingcase:     Pig bristles



Tie thread  to tail as usual, glue to hook if desired.

Tie on pig bristles for tail and tie about half way uo the hook, adding thread as necessary to make a tapered body.

At the half-way point, bend back the bristles to keep them out of the way and tie on 1-2 peacock herls.

Twist peacock herl around thread for strength, then wind up to the  head in close turns to make the thorax.

Now lay the long pig bristles over the thorax to make a wingcase, tie down firmly at the head and trim.

Tie a small head, then whip finish or use a half-hitch finish before cutting thread.

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