The original Bibio, as in the wet fly rather than the insect, started life as an Irish seatrout pattern. However, if you prefer to use a wet fly, rather than a dry, it's a successful pattern when trout are taking the heather fly.
The Bibio is a classic palmered fly where the hackle runs along the entire length of the body. The striking black-and-red combination has proved effective for years. Curiously, the original was actually black-and-orange but in time the orange becamse red and this latter version has stuck.
The pattern has also been adapted into a Hopper and a Spider and in that vein I offer you the Leggy Bibio. It is a versatile fly and can be used either as a pulled wet fly or Ginked-up and fished dry.
Size 10-12 wet fly
Black and red seal’s fur
Fine, silver wire
Black, hen hackle
Dyed black, deer hair
Dyed red, cock pheasant tail.
1. Run thread down to bend and catch in a length of fine, silver wire. Dub small pinch of black fur on to thread and wind along the shank.
2. Once a third of the hook length is covered with black fur, dub on a pinch of red fur and apply three turns to form the middle-section.
3. Dub on a second pinch of black fur and apply to hook to form the body front section. Wind silver wire over body in evenly-spaced turns.
4. Secure loose end of wire and remove excess. Apply a single knot to each of three red pheasant tail fibres. Position in front of body.
5. Knot another three strands of dyed red pheasant tail fibres and catch in on far side of body. Secure with thread and remove the waste.
6. Select a small pinch of dyed black deer hair and remove any broken fibres. Catch in at the eye, so the tips reach just past the bend.
7. Secure hair and trim away waste ends. Next, prepare a black hen hackle and catch it in by its base, just behind the eye.
8. Take hold of the hackle-tip using a pair of hackle pliers. Wind on three full turns of the hackle, working towards the eye.
9. As each hackle turn is applied, stroke fibres back down the body. With the hackle in place, secure the loose tip with tying thread.
10. Trim away the excess hackle tip and cast off the tying thread with a secure whip finish.