Thursday, March 3, 2011

Showing some love for BoogleBug

I posted a review/recommendation of BoogleBug Bass & Bream bugs on If you fish for warmwater species, you need some in your arsenal. I'll let the Examiner article explain the reasons. There are links in the article that will take you to the BoogleBug website.

BoogleBug is a Birmingham, Alabama based company so they're a little easier to find down south... but there are a few dealers out west... even in Colorado... just in case any fly fishers out there in Colorado need a few to test out some mysterious ponds they can see from their house... that may or may not have bass in them.

I haven't bought any BoogleBugs for this season's bass and bream fishing yet, but I will soon... or Kelly will. They're a little pricey, but well worth it. As durable as they are you don't have to buy very many before you're set. It's a good idea to use heavy tippet with them because you really don't want to lose one in a tree. I prefer to use 4X (7 lb) or 3X (8.5 lb) tippet when I'm fishing them. If you can manage to keep them out of those pesky overhanding branches, they may last all season... like this one did...

Just a little rust, but not enough to retire it yet.

This just happens to be the same BoogleBug that Kelly used when she accidentally caught a bat back in July of last year. The photo of her catch won a contest on Cofisher's Windknots & Tangled Lines blog.

Chiropteran captured... oops.

Bill of the blog Fishing through Life landed his personal best Spotted Bass using a BoogleBug, so I know he can attest to how good they really are. If you haven't seen his report on that you should go check it out... right now... I'm pretty much finished here.

BoogleBugs are awesome. Give 'em a try and you'll be hooked.


  1. I have to echo how awesome BoogleBugs are. This summer our local fly shop got some in for product testing. The owner gave some to Dustin and I to try with a promise to report back to him. Well we came back with a glowing review. We went out and tore up some bass in a friend's pond. Blue gill were even taking them. It was a great time.

  2. Stephanie, thanks for supporting my recommendation.

  3. Yep. BoogleBugs rock. Use 'em all the time. Great recommendation.

  4. I have my first two waiting for warmer weather as we speak.

  5. Ty, thanks for agreeing with my recommendation. I like it when people agree with me.

    Clif, wow, you must be rich. I could only afford one... only kidding, two will probably last you quite a while... unless you hang them on a tree on the bank of a river. I have a bad habit of decorating the wrong trees at the wrong time of year with fishing ornaments.

  6. Ah, one of my all-time favorite photos. Jay, I was trying to find the photo you sent me, but I think I hung it up in a tree!

  7. Way to go staying classy and using the order name for the bat. I assume BoobleBug is the subspecies in the genus Popper? Not sure though :)

  8. Mr. Nash, I'd would consider elevation of BoogleBug to full species status, not just subspecies. They do have qualities which distinctly set them apart from their closest relatives. I personally think they're special enough to warrant a unique new genus... I would go as far as to suggest they're monotypic, but I'm not a professional taxonomist and I also haven't personally seen ALL of the related species in existence. As with most things in biological classification, their actual status will probably remain in a state of flux as new examples emerge that challenge our current knowledge of their phylogenetic history. I imagine in future days there will be new species, perhaps some yet to be discovered that already exist, that possibly could be included in my hypothesized new genus for the BoogleBug. Of course modern taxonomic research is largely based on DNA and I'm not sure any quality DNA samples could be collected from anything on a popper except maybe the cork and feathers... and I suspect any genetic material obtained from those parts would be likely to yield wildly misleading phylogenetic information. I think the old school methods of morphometric classification are definitely most valuable in this unique case, and without a doubt any in depth analysis on the morphological characters of BoogleBugs will almost certainly place them in their own unique genus.
    Just the thoughts of a bored biologist/naturalist on the matter.

  9. I agree wholeheartedly. It sounds like morphology is ideal in terms of classification for the BoogleBug. And who knows? You may be right; they may be monotypic. The ginkgo of the lures, so to speak. I think you're on to something, Jay. I like your style.

    *nostalgic sigh*..... phylogeny :)

  10. Jay
    I can definitely relate to the Boogle Bugs. The local fly shop which is located below Smith Lake Dam stocks the bugs in 5 or 6 colors. What impresses me about this popper was the finish. I fish a lot of rock walls on Smith and usually end up hitting rock sometimes. This popper will take the hits from the walls as well as hits from the fish. I have some I have been using now for 3 years. They are a little pricy, but for the long haul they are worth it.

  11. Thanks for the comment, Bill. I didn't think you would mind me sharing your big Spot on a BoogleBug story. I can't wait to bounce some off the rocks myself.

  12. Alright, alright.....all these tying threads you've been posting (and some actual long hours tying around my house) have me looking to buy a few poppers just to keep from having to tie 'em myself. By the way, those flies down below are terrific looking!
    Anyway, I'm going to check out Booglebugs too. Never heard of 'em even though we're not very far from Booglebug's base-camp. Thanks for the heads up!

  13. Owl, BoogleBugs are well worth the extra couple bucks per popper... see Bill's comment above.
    Thanks for the kind words about the damsels... coming from an excellent tyer such as yourself, that means a lot.

  14. Color me surprised. As I primarily target trout, I was surprised to read that 3x or 4x is considered to be heavy tippet coming from someone who targets bass. I would have assumed 1X or 2X at least for the BoogleBugs.

    That being said, the BoogleBugs look nice. Maybe worth a look for some prespawn/spawn bass action this spring.

  15. Ivan, you're right 3X or 4X isn't really that heavy for bass based on what we always hear, but I like to keep my tackle on the light side. Most of the trout fishing I do is with 5X... and of course when fishing the really small stuff (midges and the like) I use 6X or 7X. I guess I think of anything heavier than 5X to be "heavy."
    Somewhere in my pack I keep spools of 1X and 2X, which I will use when fishing heavy cover (lilypads) in a lake for Largemouths... but stream dwelling bass can be just as picky as trout in my experience and the lighter the tippet you can get away with the better. Realistically, I rarely catch a bass over 3 lbs so the 3X and 4X are heavy enough. That being said, I would love to hook into one that pushes the 3X to the limit. Thanks for commenting.

  16. i think i am just surprised. I used nothing less than 2x when fishing streamers. While I will never catch a 10 or 13 pound trout, I use heavier tippet to accomodate for the force applied by water moving downslope if I were to hook into a bigger fish. Last year on the Beaverhead, I hooked into a 26" + rainbow trout on 1x. I hooked the fish in a narrow, deep, and fast moving portion of the river. I was in a boat and the person rowing was unable to keep us steady in the current. The boat was pushed downstream and the rainbow charged upstream. With such strong opposing forces, my 1x leader broke. It didnt break at the fly, but instead about 2 feet above the fly. I promptly bought some 0X (which i fish very rarely).

    Additionally, I will fish some of the larger stonefly dry fly and nymph patterns and hoppers with 3x or 4x so that I can turn the size 2, 4, and 6 foam patterns over on my forward cast.

    The use of this size tippet is pretty standard out here in Montana. It is interesting to compare tippet size by region and style of fishing.

  17. Very interesting indeed. I rarely hook into a bass in such strong current that 3X wouldn't do the trick... you know bass, they like to avoid the fastest sections of a river and for the most part hang out in pockets and pools.
    The largest BoogleBug poppers are actually only size 4 so I think that may be another reason why I use 3X or 4X. They probably cast similar to a large stonefly dry in that regard.
    If BoogleBug steps up to some size 1 or 1/0, I'm sure I'll have to step up the tippet too.
    Thanks for making me think about tippet so much. I have no problem with a little self-analysis... makes me question if what I'm doing is right... I'm sure a lot of the time it isn't.
    Oh, yeah, I almost forgot... busted tippet makes for some good fish stories... maybe another reason to fish light? I enjoyed your big Rainbow story, and I have a few of my own too.