How to tie a Girdle Bug

Materials

Hook:  #8 DRO guide Series 7040 or equal

Thread:  Black 6/0 Veevus thread

Underbody:  Lead Wire .025 diameter

Body:  Medium Brown Chenille or desired color

Legs:  Medium Flexi Floss or desired color

 

Steps

Step 1:  Place hook in vise.  Start thread and make a light thread base the length of the hook shank. Using .025 diameter lead wire make 10 turns of lead wire ending about 1/8 of an inch behind the hook eye.  Overwrap the lead wire to secure it in place on the hook shank and return the thread to a point just above the barb.

Step 2:  Cut a 2 inch piece of flexi floss, fold it in half and tie it in directly above the hook barb.  Take a six inch long piece of medium chenille, holding the chenille in your left hand with about one quarter of an inch extending past the thumb and fore finger.  Now use your right thumb and fore finger to remove the fabric of the chenille exposing the cords.  Tie the chenille in at the same place as the flexi floss using only the exposed cords to tie the chenille to the hook.

Step 3:  Wind thread forward 2/3 of the hook shank.  Using another piece of flexi floss tie it in perpendicular to hook shank across the lead wire.  Move thread forward 1/8 of an inch and repeat the process.  Again move thread forward 1/8 of an inch and repeat the process.  Once finished you should have three sets of legs perpendicular to the hook shank. Now wind thread to the hook eye.

Step 4:  Wrap the chenille forward to the eye tie off and clip off excess.  Note:  as you come through the legs be careful not to wrap a leg under the chenille also if the chenille is tight against the legs it should make the first set of legs face back the middle straight and the last set of legs face forward.

Step 5: Cut a 2 inch piece of flexi floss, fold it in half and tie it down facing forward directly over the hook eye.  Build small thread head, whip finish and glue.