Fooling Around with the Doodle Bug Dry Fly

The red and white fly called the Doodle Bug is also known as the Devil Bug. It’s a dry fly that works for both coldwater and warmwater species. You won’t see this bug in many online shops or racks at your local fly shop. In fact, the only place I know of that reliably sells it is Big Y Fly Company, where I’ve ordered from before.

I can’t vouch for the site, but looks like you can also get a juicy looking black version of it from Murrays Fly Shop, where it’s called the Cooper Bug.

Source: Rangeley Region Sports Shop

I got to know the brightly colored version that I’m familiar with from a fishing camp in Western Maine. This fly will reliably catch brook trout. If you’re looking to try a new dry fly this coming year, give it a shot. I include a few recipes below that I’ve found online along with some instructional videos. Additional instructions available on Spring is coming!


Recipe 1 from Rangeley Region Sports Shop:

Hook: dry fly #10
Thread: red
Body: red chenille
Wing: white, deer body hair

Source: Tightline Productions


Recipe 2 from Orvis (along with a cool blog post):

Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Dai-Riki #300), sizes 8-18.
Thread: Brown, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Tail/Back/head: Natural deer hair, cleaned and stacked.
Body: Red dry-fly dubbing.
Adhesive: Head cement or Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails.



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5 thoughts on “Fooling Around with the Doodle Bug Dry Fly

    1. Hey Bill. I’ve fished it mostly in soft water, but I would say it can work anywhere an attractor pattern like a Royal Wulff or Patriot would be appropriate.

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