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#12640571 - 02/21/18 10:41 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
Mitt78 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/16
Posts: 175
Loc: South Irving
MassAction, I'm not sure what kind of legs you're tying on the fly but this is the style that Kevin uses (or used to).
https://www.caddisflyshop.com/round-rubber.html

Cut two segments of two to length but do not separate them. Once you have them tied in like the ones shown in the picture on your second post you can pull the segments apart. This is easier than dealing with 4 legs at once.

A little history of the Llano Bug.
Back in the early 2000's Kevin used to tie at round table at Austin Outfitters. I was a young fly tier and used to go when I could. One time I was there he showed us how to tie the fly in the picture below. A few weeks later he showed up with what is now known as the Llano Bug. I have always thought that this was what eventually lead to the creation of the Llano Bug.

Sorry for the bad picture but my vise isn't set up right now due to a little one putting everything she finds in her mouth.

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#12641118 - 02/22/18 10:06 AM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
joabsher Offline
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Registered: 07/24/14
Posts: 56
Loc: Austin, Texas
Thanks for sharing Mitt, I really like that prototype too.
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#12645192 - 02/24/18 01:58 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 150
Mitt, thanks for that story. I met Kevin a few times at fly shop events in Austin. I never got the chance to fish with him while I was there, but Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country kept me sane through law school and reignited my love of fly fishing and exploring the incredible waters Texas has to provide.

I didn't have time to tie flies in law school, but now that I'm out the Llano bug was one of my motivations to learn how to tie. Given how important Kevin's book was to me I wanted to be sure I got it done right. I appreciate all the help guys. I sat down at the vice this week and kept plugging away. It's looking a lot better. I'm slowly getting the hang of it, and once I get all the right materials I think things will start looking much better.



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#12645374 - 02/24/18 04:28 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
mickfly Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 1723
Loc: Fairview, TX
I've known Kevin for a long while and interacted with him several times about the Llano Bug. He's a great (and rapid) fly tyer, so I could tell he took pride in that fly and wanted it tied right by whomever tied it. Several years ago, he showed up at the GRTU Troutfest with a big bag with my name on it. Without asking, he'd actually taken the time to tie the Llano Bug for me a step at a time. So I got one fly tied as far as Step One. Another tied as far as Step Two, etc. Somewhere in my tying bins I have this bag and about 8 or ten Llano Bugs in various stages of completion. Someday I'll take the time to photograph each one of those stages and will post them to this forum.
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#12650792 - 02/27/18 11:31 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: mickfly]
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 150
It’s amazing hearing how generous people are in the fly fishing world. I would love to see those flies if you have Tim Mickfly. I can’t think of a better way to learn.

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#12653715 - 03/01/18 01:58 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
mickfly Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 1723
Loc: Fairview, TX
Well, I tracked them down this morning, which is the first step. Why dont you PM me so we can discuss offline.
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#12762840 - 05/20/18 05:41 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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Registered: 08/22/16
Posts: 150
Just to bring this full circle, I think I finally got this pattern figured out. I went out to Austin about a month ago and took a few Llano bugs down to Barton Creek. They worked really well, no giants, but some solid Guadalupe bass (including the most beautifully marked one I've ever caught) and redbreast sunfish gave me the seal of approval.







Thanks again for all the help I've received on this forum.

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#12763226 - 05/20/18 10:41 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 845
Loc: McKinney
Nice fish. I fished Brushy Creek in late April and caught my first Guadalupe bass on a yellow Llano Bug. It seems to be just about the perfect foam hopper pattern for Texas fish.

Also caught a really nice bluegill on the Llano Bug's cousin, the Llanolope.


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#12775805 - 05/31/18 03:47 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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Llano bugs do work well..





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#12779196 - 06/04/18 05:52 AM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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here's the direct link https://youtu.be/4bnb-nCzgfU

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#12780011 - 06/04/18 04:19 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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#12785564 - 06/08/18 09:24 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
cob Offline
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Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 619
Loc: Central Texas
I fished a drift trip with Kevin yesterday. First time to fish a Llano bug. Impressive. Threw it from 0800-1400 hrs in sun and heat. Never had that many strikes and chases on a top water. Caught LM, Guadeloupe; 4 types of sun fish and a channel cat. Most buggy looking fly I have seen.
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#12786397 - 06/09/18 09:40 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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Same here! Fun fly to tie and can be modified a million different ways!



Just in case you can't see the embedded video click here
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#12787921 - 06/11/18 12:04 PM Re: Llano Bug Help [Re: MassAction]
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