The Vanilla Ice Bugger is a creation from the mind of Dennis Collier. For those of you who don’t know him, Dennis is truly one of the best fly tiers I’ve ever met, an extremely talented and creative guy and, obviously, a huge fan of late eighties rap music!.
Dennis showed me this fly a few years ago and I was instantly impressed. I had been fishing a fly a lot like this for several years but Dennis’ rendition is just pure MONEY! His addition of an Ice Dub body creates an ultra-violet haze around the fly and really sets it apart.
I believe this fly imitates a baby brown trout. The pale yellow color closely matches the tone of a small trout’s belly and really stands out in the water. One of the best parts of this fly is that its light color allows you to see the fly in the water as you fish it. This visual contact frequently permits you to see the follow and take from the fish and alter your retrieve accordingly.
I have fished this fly extensively and find that my best results are with a fast, jerky retrieve and either a quartering downstream cast or straight across toward the bank. Dennis likes a quartering upstream cast and follows the fly through the swing. Either way, the Vanilla Ice brings crushing strikes from predatory fish.
Tie some of these guys up and put them in the corner of your box. The next time the fishing is hot, you may find yourself giving them some ICE!