Bunion Bug?

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by sashjo, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. sashjo Member

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    I was reading a casting article by Floyd Dean who mentioned tossing a #2 bunion bug. Nothing came up on Google. Anyone have a recipe?
  2. halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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  3. sashjo Member

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    Good call. I spelled "bunion" as Dean Floyd did but his spelling was wrong. Thanks!
  4. Monk Redneck

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    Sounds an awful lot like a Norman Maclean reference to me.
  5. sharpshooter223 Member

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    that looks like it could be done with a matchstick
  6. Philster New Member

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    Show a little class! a small diameter hollowed out quill would be the material of choice!:rofl:
  7. Zach M Because I floss so hard

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    very good book
  8. sharpshooter223 Member

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    it would be easier to use a matchstick though. just carve it down right and create a little notch and tie/glue it on
  9. Preston Active Member

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    I believe the original had a painted cork body. And, yes, it's Bunyan, the reference being to Paul Bunyan the mythological giant lumberjack, because of the fly's size. Often thought to be a salmon fly imitation, I recently read that it was initially tied to represent the October caddis.
  10. pittendrigh Active Member

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    I don't have a recipe. They were (originally) made from wood (balsa usually) in two
    slices, that got lashed onto the hook, over and under horse hair wings.
    And then painted, using one or more stencils, in order to make their characteristic
    segmenting details. The inventor was Norman Means of Missoula Montana,
    whose local nickname (I'm pretty sure) was Paul Bunyan.


    here's a foam takeoff:

    Bunyan Bugger
  11. flybop New Member

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    A friend gave me an old fly box that their great uncle once owned. The uncle lived in Missoula and one of the compartments had ten of these. What a find. I was told by someone who would know that they are the real deal. However, they were most likely made in the fifties. The distinctive markings are from a sticker, not painted.

  12. Les Johnson Les Johnson

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    The Bunyan Bug, a unique floating salmonfly, or October Caddis, imitation resurfaced in the film "A River Runs Throut It', from the Norman McClean book of the same name. It is the fly that Brad Pitt borrowed from his brother to catch the giant trout from the Blackfoot River. It was a famous fly in Montanain the 1940s and 50s, usually displayed on a card of about 2-dozen flies. Jimmy LeMert at Patrick's Fly Shop had several on display and may still have.
    Les Johnson
  13. henry'sforkbum New Member

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    Well shoot, if it's good enough for Brad Pitt then it's gotta Work!