"…the best steelhead surface fly to bounce down the riffle in ages." -- Rob Brown
"…the best dry fly for summer run steelhead." -- Rick Jones
"It's brilliant!" -- Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia
Via: Split Cane Fly Rods handcrafted by Ron Grantham LINK
Largely forgotten until A River Runs Through It came along, the Bunyan Bug has quite a fan club.
Bunyan Bugs are collectibles today and difficult to find. The value can be $100.00 - $250.00 and up depending on
the condition of the fly and age. VIA: Bunyanbug.com LINK
If you're familiar with the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean, "A River Runs Through It". You may recall mention of the Bunyan Bug. Well, here is some info on the original and an updated version. VIA: Front Range Anglers LINK
The Bunyan Bug--invented by Norman Means...aka Paul Bunyan of Missoula Montana in about 1945.
I remember buying these flies in the Hamilton MT hardware store (there was no fly shop then) in 1960, when I was about 12 or so. I do remember they were fun to look at but hell to cast. VIA: Montana Fly Tyers LINK
Call the fish doctor for flies lasting longer than three hours.
VIA Opax-FlyFishing LINK
This is a new one for me.
The Bead and Book kit. VIA: The Bead Gallery LINK
A bead fly is almost trivially easy to tie - well 'tie' is the wrong word, assemble is better. Thread some glass beads onto the hook, put a drop or two of Supa-Glue on the bead nearest the barb, and whip-finish in some insurance.
VIA: Bish on Fish LINK
Still, notwithstanding the British pedigree and effectiveness, it is simply beneath my dignity to fish with anything called a Flaming Boobie. VIA Reports from Poisonville LINK