Hopefully you can sense the sarcasm in the title of my post. All too often people design a "new" fly that looks peculiarly like a fly that already exists. When it comes to nymphs, let's face it, most nymphs are either a Pheasant Tail or a Hare's Ear variation. The most recent fly name to make me giggle is the frenchie. The frenchie is a Pheasant Tail with a hot spot, in other words, it is a Pheasant Tail. So, in the tradition of reinventing the wheel and calling it something different, I have created The Sawyer Bug. The Sawyer Bug is named after that same Mr. Sawyer that created the PT and the Killer Bug, and looks mysteriously like a PT. However, this fly is tied with different materials, so I get to name it!
Hook: TMC 2457
Bead: Tungsten (w/ lead wrapped hook shank)
Thread: Brown 8/0
Tail: Pine Squirrel Guard Hairs
Rib: Amber Midge Vinyl Rib
Body Material: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift - Burnt Umber*
*The Oyster color of the spindrift wool yarn has gotten a lot of hype recently as a killer bug material; however, I have found the Burnt Umber to be a dead ringer for imitating mayfly nymphs.