Rick's Montana Wonder Bug

In trying to find the origination of the Montana Wonder Bug, the internet yielded patterns for other wonder bugs. However, I found that a number of the old school crowd fished the fly with their Dads in the late 1940s... and their Dads probably fished it in the 20s and 30s with the rubber tail coming from rubber bands or appropriated from the girdle of a female they knew.

The fly was fished wet or in the film mostly in the winter and early when the "snow flies" (midges) were hatching.


  • Hook: 12 -16
  • Tail: small round rubber legs
  • Body: black or brown dubbing
  • Hackle: grizzly rooster neck to size



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I fly fish to live (25+ years guiding). I live to fly fish (obsession). At the age of two, I captured my first Bluegill in Southern Michigan. Since then, I have never stopped looking into waters for fish. My first wild trout came from the waters of Glacier NP a few years later. I spent much of my youth chasing fish in Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and throughout central Canada. I went to Alaska in 1989, where I met my wife, started a family and spent 26 seasons guiding anglers. Great Falls and the North 40 Fly Shop are now home base. Stop by and lets talk fish, bear encounters or even my experience with Bigfoot.
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