Fly Tying the Cactus Bug (Simple Searching Nymph Pattern)

This super simple nymph pattern can be tied in any number of bright flashy colors and can be effective with a Euro rig or dry/dropper. The cactus chenille is a unique but very versatile and economical material.

Hook: #12-16 nymph
Bead: Gold, tungsten or brass
Weight: 0.015"
Thread: Black
Body: Cactus chenille, any bright color
Wing: White Antron

You may find the cactus chenille called Ice Chenille, or Krystal or tinsel chenille. And available here:

River Run Crystal/Tinsel chenille:
Tigofly, medium:
Phecda Tinsel chenille:

Author: Matt O