Monday, 2 September 2013

Utah Killer bug

A SBS can now be found here.

I stumbled across an interested pattern while I doing a bit of research on the Sawyer's Killer bug. This pattern is called the Utah Killer bug. It seems this pattern has only been revealed and talked about on the US Tenkara forums, many even called it their one fly pattern. As with Sawyer's bug this is also tied with particular materials; the yarn is Jamiesons Shetland spindrift, the colour is Oyster. Pink thread and wire is used to construct this bug. For simplicity I have omitted the thread, tying this as I would Sawyer's Killer bug using just the wire. Curved grub hooks are used instead of standard long shank nymph hooks though I supposed either would work. When wet this fly glows, it's translucent with a fantastic pink hue; I guess this would make a great subtle replacement for the usual pink grayling bugs. I look forward to using this during the winter and will report back any successes or failures.

The wool can be found here: Jamieson's Shetland spindrift Oyster


  1. Great fly for trout and grayling. Orange variant good to.


  2. I've not come across the orange variant David, might look into that.

  3. I really like the pink wire you've used on this! I've only seen a version with the pink head.....which is how I tied it.


  4. Eunan, I've tied it as I would a standard killer bug, using just wire and yarn. Less complicated in my eyes, but no better or worse than the original I suspect.

  5. Hi Ben,
    do you tie and sell the killer bugs. I recently tried few Tenkara casts and got bitten with the idea behind it but comming from traditional fly fishing country it's hard to find Tenkara style bugs.

    1. Hi Velimir, if you want some UKB I'd happily tie some for you

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