Chartreuse Bully’s Bluegill Spider tied by Terry Wilson for bluegill fly fishing. There are many imitations but this is the original. This fly sinks at a 45-degree angle for best hook sets.
Have you ever heard the term, “Bully for you”? That phrase means “Good for you”. How about “Bully for bluegill”? Terry and Roxanne Wilson created the Bully’s Bluegill Spider for bluegill fly fishing, and, by the way, it is good for bass, too. Their original fly pattern initially tied in 1968 was inspired by watching a cane pole fisherman dunk live crickets beside a weed bed to catch big bluegills. The leg gyrations, clearly visible as the cricket descended, appeared to trigger the fish’s interest. Finally, after many sessions of dropping weighted versions into a swimming pool while the other of them viewed the descent from the bluegill’s perspective, they were convinced that the sink rate and angle were correct. Designed to be effective on the vertical drop as well as when retrieved, they took it to local water for the fish’s approval. It was an immediate success, and all these years later it remains the most consistently producing fly in their line. Available in several colors and styles it truly is a winner.
Colors and Styles Available
Here is a list of the colors and styles: chartreuse, black, brown, pink, olive, white, and yellow all available in hook sizes 10 and 12. They also make one they call Cajun Bully which is black with a red dot on its butt, available in hook size 10 only, plus one called Bumble Bully, black with yellow stripes, available in hook size 10 only. For Crappie they have the Crappie Bully with a red head and silver body available in hook sizes 6, 8, 10, and 12. The simple design presents a sharp silhouette with built-in action that bluegills desire. It’s tied with a .020 lead wire that makes it sink at a 45-degree angle to activate the rubber legs. The presentation of this fly is easy and bluegills love it