Read a bit more expanded discussion of the flies in the Three Rivers Tenkara Blog —>>About the New Fly Selection
The Peace Bug
The Peace Bug…what can I say… this fly is basically a riff on the Walt’s Worm or the simple Muskrat cress bug. Both of which are essentially lead weighted hooks with a dubbed body and no other flourishes. I can’t recall where I first read about the simple muskrat fur cress bug but the Walt’s Worm is of course PA fly tier Walt Young’s creation.
So the name, Peace Bug is a reference to the yarn bodied Killer Bug — a very effective fly. But I’ve always enjoyed making and using dubbing blends over using yarn for flies so I haven’t used the Killer Bug much. I tweaked the dubbing blend (just a bit from the original Walt’s Worm) and used copper wire to wrap the fly instead of lead – so it’s not quite a Walt’s Worm (but pretty darn close). The switch to copper was done to avoid the use of lead wire due to its dangers (to wild life and to fly tyers) and its prohibition in places.
This fly is tied on a very heavy hook (not barbless but I’ve crimped the barbs) and it does have a copper wire under body, so it’s heavy. Not as heavy as a lead wrapped fly – but using a long thin tippet and proper line control it can be sunk very effectively. I fish this fly on the dead drift exclusively.