Fly Fishers' Republic

Verduin’s Jointed Hair Ball Bug

October 20, 2006

by Raif Killips

Verduin’s Jointed Hair Ball Bug



This is a slider pattern used especially for largemouth bass. A slider like this is often the answer to weary bass that may be spooked by popping bugs.

How to fish:

The Jointed Hair Ball Bug is fished silently, slid along the water surface one moment, gurgling and slipping below the next. This subtle action is achieved with a simple pull and pause retrieve. This method is often fished on a floating line, but a sink tip, intermediate or full sinking line can be more effective. Equipped with a weed guard, the bug works well fishing through and alongside weed beds and structure.


The Jointed Hair Ball Bug, is the work of the late Mike Verduin, a well respected contributor to the world of warm water fly fishing and tying.


Colour variations include black, and natural.

Further reading:

Hot Bass Flies Patterns & Tactics from the Experts, 2003, Deke Meyer, Frank Amato Publications, ISBN 1-57188-285-5 (softbound), ISBN 1-57188-286-3 (spiral hardbound).