The Bunyan Bug certainly occupies a unique position in the past and present

heritage of fly fishing. It's a fly that has truly survived the test of time.

One Hundred Year Milestone of Fly Fishing (1923-2023)

If you don't have a Bunyan Bug in your collection, you're missing a very important fly.

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Norman Means or Paul Bunyan! In the 20th Century not many people in Montana or elsewhere who know this man by his true name, but there are many fine anglers world wide who now have heard of Paul Bunyan and his famous Bunyan Bugs. There are only a few who are aware that the series consists of a wide variety of insects. At one time there were about thirty-five distinct artificial flies.


The construction of the BB is unique and has no parallel among other Montana or western trout flies. It is a reflection of the ingenuity of it's originator. There were once 32 varieties of Bunyan Bugs. Paul Bunyan is certainly a true pioneer in the art of fly-tying and also a skilled maker of split bamboo fly rods, and must be recognized and honored as a individual who contributed substantially to the sport of fly-fishing in the West.


This fly certainly occupies a unique position in the past and present heritage of fly fishing. It's a fly that has truly survived the test of time. Bunyan Bugs have caught mammoth trout and bass on the western rivers of the Rocky Mountains. The Bunyan Bugs have been tied over the years by the late Norman Means, Ruth Means, and Norman Means Jr, They have tied over the last 30 years by Normans grandson,

Richard Rose.







Bob Ward & Son's from Missoula, Mt. (1941). Bunyan Bugs lures mounted on the wall. (marked with arrow).

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