Rust Bug Dubbing
Rust Bug Hooks - HCS sz 12
Hook - High Carbon Steel sz. 12 or any other short shank hook of preference
Thread - Clear mono, orange, or tan 6/0
Brass Eyes - Copper 11/64
Tail - Krinkle or Fish Hair (tied just past the bend of the hook), 2 orange rubber or silicone legs, and a small tuft of brown craft fur
*make sure to turn the fly upside down in your vice after tying in the rubber legs!
Body - Craw orange dubbing wrapped forward and around brass eyes (dubbing loop)
Head - Brown dubbing blend tied over top of brass eyes and combed back to tail. Coat thread head with orange nail polish and top coat with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
These are quick and easy to tie and they work! The Krinkle or Fish Hair provide a foul guard for the rubber legs. Craw colors are a must have in your box when targeting carp so make sure to tie at least four to six since you will be fishing on bottom. The brass eyes are nice because they do not rust but you could use plain lead eyes if you wanted. Whatever thread you choose to use, just make sure it isn't too thick as you will need space near the eye of the hook
This fly works in any environment where carp are present from clear to murky water. This fly resembles a juvenile crayfish which is at the top of a carps food list. Just remember to keep it on or near bottom and place your casts. The brass eyes enable this fly to get down to feeding carp even if you can see only a mud slick. One small jig, hop, or twitch is all you need to get the attention of a feeding carp! Click the video below to see this fly in action!