Michigan Girdle Bug
I’m sure like many when I say my first Wet Skunk, I thought to myself really this fly? This fly will catch trout? Now I’m on the other side of the fence. I’m a believer and will not be on a trout stream in Michigan without a Wet Skunk (Girdle Bug). From Early Spring streamer trips to middle of the summer hopper trips. I always have my Wet Shunk box. The simple answer to the question that I hear the most, What does it imitate? My response is FOOD!
As you walk or float down the river early in the season, and if you see Stonefly shucks it’s time to fish a Wet Skunk. If your looking to match the hatch, the wet skunk is a perfect stonefly searching pattern. I like to tie the pattern in a variety of colors, black/white, brown/yellow, and olive/tan. However, the pattern shown below in copper/white is one of my better producers due to the many Medium Brown stoneflies in the Manistee River. This pattern is also extremely effective on the Pine River, in black with white legs.
We fish this pattern on a floating line, with a longer leader, twitching the fly close to structure and drop-offs. Great pattern to have in your box on those bright sunny days.
Slide your Bug Collar onto your Diiachi 2220 size 6 hook