My flyfishing journey started when I moved to the northern Drakensberg where I lived about 15 minutes’ drive from Sterkfontein dam. I fished there mainly as well as at Royal Natal and the Bushmans River. My tying started at Sterkies where I was given a Purple Beetle by the Good Doctor himself. He told me to spot a cruising fish and cast it in front of it and boom the fish was on. So, I did some research and found that all flies I needed I could make myself and thus I got started. 10 plus years later I love what I do as a commercial tier. Yes, it's hard work and takes up lot of time and effort but that's my drug and passion and I just love it. I'm no Gordon Van Der Spuy but I am getting there as I can always give him a WhatsApp if need be so I have lot of tying friends that I can talk to. My biggest dream is to be guide and fish the Orange River or Alphonso Islands and that's me in a nutshell

The fly that I'm tying was created by a YouTube sensation, if you can call him that, Gunnar Branner who knows how to tie big streamer patterns. For some reason he came up with this fly but didn't have any dubbing as he doesn't use dubbing in his big flies, and he called it the Bug. I have changed one or two things and hence the name WASTE BUG so in no way will I call this fly my own 

The fly can be fished with floating intermediate or sinking line. When fished with a floating line use a long leader to get depth.  Whatever way you fish it dead drift or retrieve it works like a bomb. 

Retrieves can vary from slow t the fast retrieves with pause in between so the fly can sink. 

I tied this fly for myself and a fishing buddy for our trout club waters in Hermanus and when we did our first trip together to fish the Orange.



1 Materials

Hook: grip 13113BL size 6 to 8.

Thread: rusty brown in a6/0.

Dubbing micro flash dubbing in matching colour

Bead chain eyes in med or small.

Dubbing twister.

Cock pheasant in natural or olive.


2  Attach a thread base to hook shank.


3  Secure bead eyes on hook shank and bring thread back just after hook point.


 Select two to four marabou plumes from bottom of the skin depending on size of hook or as you prefer. I use four, two on each side.


5  That’s what your plumes should look like.


 Measure your tail about a shank to one and a half hook shank length.


7  Tie in at back of the hook and secure with raps to just behind the chain eyes and form a clean body. When you cut the stems of the feather do not throw away the waste.


8  Move thread back and make a dubbing loop and move thread forward.


9  Take some dubbing and place it in dubbing loop. If you have wax it helps a lot.


10  Form a dubbing brush and comb it out.


11  Palmer the brush forward to just past halfway on the shank and comb out the brush.


12  Select 2 feathers from rump(back tail section) which should have long fibres to cover dubbing section.


13  Select one natural and one olive one to give a bit contrast to fly.


14  Pull back fibres and tie in the points of the feather.


15  Palmer forward with 2 to 3 wraps, tie off and cut waste. And don’t throw away the waste.


16  Form another dubbing loop and move thread to behind hook eye.


17  NOW the fun begins. Cut fibres from the stem and set aside on the bench. If your wife doesn’t like a mess stop tying and get the vacuum cleaner or you will get the wife on your bad side lol.


18  Take fibres, mix together and if you like flash you can add dubbing and form another dubbing brush or waste brush. In this case and remember to switch on vacuum cleaner.


19  Now, palmer waste brush forward and after each wrap brush back fibres with a dubbing brush or tooth brush.


20  Tie off and wipe finish. Add head cement or super glue and brush out the whole fly. You can trim it to shape with scissors if you want, but this one worked out pretty well. You want a bulky head to push water. 


Also in Game changer style.

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