The Vanilla Ice Bugger

A Dennis Collier Pattern
See for many of his popular and innovative patterns.

Hook: TMC 5263, sizes 2 to 8
Head: Gold tungsten cone
Thread: Yellow UTC 70 or Yellow 8/0
Tail: Cream marabou plus a few strands of pearl UV Ice Wing on top
Rib: Gold Lagartun wire - fine
Body: Lt. yellow UV Ice Dub - picked out to soften profile and add UV haze over fly
Hackle: Light cream saddle hackle palmered front to back
Collar: Light cream hen neck or hen back

A Little Background on Dennis:

" As a young boy, I'd sit on the stream bank and watch my father fly fish, amazed and elated, each time he plucked the object of pursuit from beneath the liquid mirror. And, like many of us, my introduction to fly tying came in a cardboard box, labeled "Basic Fly Tying Kit" which Santa left under the Christmas tree one year. I was hooked for life! That was more than four decades ago. Today, as a fly fishing guide and instructor in Colorado, one of my greatest joys is to share what I've been privileged to learn from others along the way. I hope you find some value in the fly patterns listed here - fish them with passion and gently release your catch to fight another day."


Here is a note we got from Dennis on 6/27/04:

I fished the Colorado with Charlie (Charlie Craven) on Friday - by late afternoon my bum shoulder gave out, so he used my rod with a Vanilla Ice Bugger on the parking lot hole below Parshall to wrap up the day. It clouded over and started raining about that time (perfect streamer conditions) and he proceeded to catch about a dozen fish in that one run. I'd had similar action on the same fly in the same run very early in the morning before it got too sunny. This fly does catch its share of fish!

In the morning, I was hitting the bank with the fly, letting it dead drift for several feet before starting a short, erratic strip retrieve. The fish would hit the fly when it started the cross current swing. Charlie was hitting the bank with the fly and immediately imparting a fast, long pull, stripping action as the fly crossed the current. The strikes were anything but subtle……………