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

Stevie Munn

Pro Fly Dresser Stevie Munn is from Co. Antrim in N.Ireland, he has fly fished all his life and grew up fishing rivers and loughs in Ireland. He is a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor in Fly Tying and Fly Casting with APGAI-Ireland, and a APGAI fly casting instructor. He teaches fly casting and fly tying to all levels from beginner to advanced and has given lessons at many schools and clubs.

Stevie has been a Professional guide for many years for trout, salmon and a lough run wild brown trout called the Dollaghan which runs his local rivers to spawn, that said he will fish for any fish that will take a fly and also loves fly fishing in the sea. He has won many fly fishing competitions though mostly now fishes for pleasure and he has also won fly casting competitions including 2 Accuracy Casting Championships in England and at the CLA game fair 2011 Stevie helped set a new World record in fly casting which was done for the charity Help of Heroes, 141 miles of fly casting with Stevie setting the high score of 627 casts at distance in 30 mins.

Stevie hosts fishing trips worldwide and can help you if you want to fish many places in the world including Canada, Iceland, Norway and Argentina as well as his native Ireland, North and South.

Stevie flies patterns have appeared in many angling books including Malcolm Greenhalgh’s new book ‘A guide to fishing flies from around the World, Stevie also writes articles in many angling magazines including Irish Angler, Total Flyfisher, Trout & Salmon, Flyfishing & Fly Tying and Chasing Silver of which he is the Field Editor in Ireland.

Stevie has given fly tying and casting demos, at many game and fly fairs over the years, including the CLA game fair in England, Angling Ireland, Irish Game Fairs, Dutch Fly Fair, Rio Grande Fly Fishers in TDF, British fly fair International and The Irish Fly Fair .

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