Simple sometimes best, The Belfast Bug by Stevie Munn

Simple sometimes is best . By Stevie Munn

The Belfast Bug 


Hook: Partridge Grub/Shrimp K4A 8-10 or Czech Nymph CZ/SHR

Rib: Fine to Medium wire.

Body: UTC Mini Sparkle Braid, wound over fine dubbing.

Hackle: Greenwell or Light Red Hen, two turns.

Head: Veniard Tungsten Rainbow bead. ( 2.8mm or 3.2mm, be careful while casting if using a light line rod. Casting lessons available, hint hint. )

This fly I have dressed for quite a few seasons now and it is perhaps one of the most uncomplicated and most deadly flies I use regularly. Sometimes as anglers we over complicate things making some very elaborate patterns to fool our quarry, but can I remind you that some of the best patterns are very simple indeed , for example the old and famous North Country Spiders, they did not get old and famous for not working, in fact the list is endless of fantastic but simple flies and most of these patterns are successful as they just give an impression of life that triggers a reaction from a fish to eat it or at least bite it. This pattern is one of those it gives an impression of life and with its tungsten bead fishes at a depth where the fish are. I fish this at times on a dead drift as you would when nymphing ,but I find this super deadly when using a figure of eight retrieve as the motion of the bead dropping and falling often induces a take.

This pattern has worked for me well on rivers at home for Dollaghan Trout, wild river browns and on  Stillwater rainbows and for Grayling in Norway, in fact it works on almost everything I have used it for . So dress a few and fish with confidence.

Oh by the way this pattern was christened by one of my good pals, from Scotland, Mr Marc Light, after I showed him it and then caught a fish in Norway , he called to me what did you get the fish on and I said that wee sparkly heavy bead fly. Which he replied the Bloody Belfast Bug, or words to that effect.


Bio: Fishing Matters PRO-Staff Marketer and Promoter Stevie Munn works full time in fishing as a consultant , Insured guide, writer and qualified game angling instructor in fly casting and fly tying. He has also appeared in many angling books, magazines and DVDs and gives casting demonstrations at angling events all over the globe and is a World champion caster. He has fished many places and grew up fishing on rivers and loughs of Ireland where he guides. He organises the Irish Fly Fair Irelands Premier fly fishing event and host groups to fish in BC Canada, Norway, Argentina, Iceland and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email and for more information visit and