Likely created in the mid-1800s, the Toodle Bug was a favorite pattern of Joshua Gross Rich, one of the pioneers of fly fishing in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine. Featured in Ray Bergman’s 1938 “Trout” as well as David Klausmeyer’s “Favorite Flies” published in 2021.
Hook: #6-14 wet
Tag: Gold Mylar tinsel
Tail: Gray mallard flank
Body: Blue floss rear, yellow wool front
Wing: Mottled turkey tail feathers
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