The Glo Bug Fly

February 1, 2010 by  

By Nick Simonson

Last week, as I braced myself against the wind and made my way up the walk in the glow of the front porch light, I saw through the blowing snow that first sign of spring. It wasn’t a robin, hiding its head under its wing in the late January cold. It wasn’t a dandelion poking up through the frozen ground. Those warming-weather sights are still a couple of months away. No, this first sign of spring was the glint off the cover of the Cabela’s Spring Master Catalog sticking out from under the mailbox lid.

globugThe rustic Philip Goodwin painting was a throwback to simpler times as two anglers battled a splashing fish to net in the radiance of the sunset while their buddy tended the campfire on shore. But the warmth of the fishing scene on that particular piece of mail wasn’t the only sign that spring was approaching. Behind that catalog were the Cabela’s Fishing Catalog, Tackle Craft Catalog and Fly Fishing Catalog as well; bulking up the armload of mail I hauled into the house. As I flipped through each one after dinner, pausing to look at new crankbaits, flashy reels, fly vests and trolling motors, I felt the chill of winter melt away, despite hearing the wind that howled outside.

To help keep cabin fever at bay, I’ve spent the better part of the last month restocking my fly box, ordering lure components and attempting to get out on the ice against 30 mile-an-hour winds, single digit temps and three-foot snow drifts. This winter has been trying at times – particularly while traveling for the holidays – but it has also provided moments to prepare for the coming season and these mailings assure me that day-by-day, the first green grass and moving water will be here eventually.

Another sure sign comes in that preparation for the earliest of open water seasons: trout fishing. And there’s one fly that brings with it all the colors of spring, from the pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day to the peaches, oranges and whites of Easter, right up into the flashy chartreuse of the first blade of new grass. The colors of these egg flies seemingly draw spring to my tying bench and they are a hallmark of my annual outings in search of trout. The glo bug is synonymous with drift fishing on Great Lakes tributaries from New York to Minnesota and the multitude of color combinations match the eggs of any species and then some.

Tying the glo bug reminds me a great deal of my hunting dog, Gunnar. When we started hunting, all I had to do was take him to the field and he took over from there. There was hardly any effort involved on my part in making him the hunter that he is today. It was his instinct and my occasional good shot that led to our success for pheasants, grouse and partridge over the past five years.

It is the same way with the glo bug. Attach a few pieces of McFly Foam egg yarn to a hook with a dozen wraps of thread, pull up on it, cut it and fluff it and you have the most amazing egg imitator since Eggland’s Best hit supermarket shelves. The flies practically tie themselves. After placing an order from the catalogs now piled next to my office desk, I tied 50 glo bugs up in a morning and completely restocked my supply by the end of the weekend. With my egg box filled, and a few spares to boot, I can tell you that no pattern brightens a vise in January like a glo bug.

If you’re running a temperature with a bout of cabin fever and are looking forward to spring, there’s not much I can do about the weather. What I can tell you is that the world looks a little bit brighter and the fishing this spring will be a whole lot hotter when you have a solid selection of glo bugs at your fingertips. Whether in pink or orange to match actual roe or in chartreuse to trigger bites, you can tie the entire spectrum of these go-to flies in preparation for an egg-citing spring…in our outdoors.


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