Pattern Description: The Gizmo Bugger is a recent development from the vise of the illustrious Dennis Collier. Dennis came up with this pattern over the past several months and from the first time I saw it, I knew this fly was gonna be pure MONEY!
The best part about this fly is its versatility. Great patterns tend to fall into the category of Style of Fly rather than a specified set of materials and the Gizmo is no exception. You can easily change the colors to match anything from freshwater baitfish like baby brown trout, bass or shad to crawfish and even saltwater shrimp. The Gizmo bears a striking resemblance to its close cousin, the Clouser Minnow. It also has a bit of Wooly Bugger in it. This combination teams up to create a strikingly versatile pattern that is sure to pick up where its family members leave off.
Dennis has a couple considerations to keep in mind when tying and fishing this fly.
Number One- pinch the barb. This fly is tied on a saltwater hook for its strength and profile. Be sure to smash the barb flat to help out any fish that might break you off. Dennis and I also like to use VERY heavy tippet with flies like this, (twelve-pound test Maxima Ultra-Green is not too much).
Number Two- Use an open loop style knot when fishing this, or any other, streamer pattern. We both like the No-Slip Mono Loop popularized by Lefty Kreh. This open loop knot is a 100% knot and makes a huge difference in how the fly fishes because it allows the fly to swing and dip in the current and lets the materials come alive in the water.
Fish this fly as you would any streamer pattern. We have had good success fishing upstream and allowing it to bounce downstream into likely looking holes, rapidly stripping it out from the banks and even on a dead drift. Be sure to let this fly complete the swing at the end of every drift, it gets some smashing strikes!