Tying Tap's Bug

Tap's Bug is one of the all-time great fly-rod bass bugs. Let's tie one. (Please be patient—it may take a minute or two for all of the photos to

  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia

Tap's Bug is one of the all-time great fly-rod bass bugs. Let's tie one.

(Please be patient—it may take a minute or two for all of the photos to load!)

Start the thread on the hook shank.

Tie in the bucktail tail.

Trim the front end of the clump of bucktail and make a nice taper with thread on the hook shank.

(BELOW) Now begin spinning the deer hair on the hook shank. To spin deer hair, lay a clump of the stuff parallel to the hook shank. Make one loose wrap of thread over the hair and the hook shank; then make another wrap and pull down firmly on the thread. The hair should spread around the hook shank, and spun in a bundle, as seen here.

Use a hair packer to make each spun clump of deer hair nice and tight.

Add three clumps of yellow bucktail, and then one of red.

Clip the clumps of deer hair to a wedge shape, and use a razor blade (carefully!)

to trim the bug to its final shape. The sides should be wide, and the bottom relatively flat.

Go catch some bass!