New Fly Tying Video with Alec Gerbec from Umpqua

This week we have a new video live on our YouTube Channel. It’s a fly tying video featuring Alec Gerbec from Umpqua Feather Merchants.

We love it when guest tiers stop by the fly shop to show us new techniques or cool variations on some of our favorite patterns. That’s exactly what we got to do with Alec during his recent visit.

In this video, Alec shows us his variation on the Pops Bugger, one of our most popular stillwater streamer patterns. The Pops Bugger can be fished as a leech, a damsel or a small baitfish. It’s a flashy, attention-grabbing pattern that we like to use in a variety of ways.

In Alec’s variation, he starts by using a Tiemco 708 hook, a keel streamer hook with a 40-degree jig. Additionally, he adds a tungsten bead up front, and a long, sparse tail on the back. These variations give the pattern a distinct jigging action.

For a list of materials (which can be ordered with free shipping) and to review the video, check out the Pops Bugger Page on the website. In the meantime, enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

If you have questions, please come see us at the fly shop. Or call us at 303-794-1104. And go take a look at the Pops Bugger Page for materials and more.


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