The Bow River Bugger is a great spun deer hair carp fishing pattern.

A native of PA, Dave has been involved in guiding fly fishing since graduating from Colby College in 1993. After a childhood of fishing the waters up and down the east coast, moving west seemed a logical step and after 3 years of guiding in the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole area in Wyoming, he moved to Bozeman where he now lives with his wife Cory and sons Jack and Charlie. Dave operates his own outfitting business (Dave McKee Fly Fishing LLC) and spends more than 200 days on the water each season. During the off season, he ties flies for Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone as well as for the fly selections that are available through his website His unique cork strike indicators are available at many flyshops around the country or on his website as well. Dave is a signature tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, on the board of Directors for the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana ( FOAM), a member of the Scientific Anglers Pro Staff, is a director of the Montana Fly Fishing Guide School, and served as the outdoor columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for 10 years. On his days off he typcially goes fishing.
You can reach Dave through is website or at 406-579-8116

Thanks again go to the FFF for allowing us to film at their library.


  • Hook:Tiemco 9395 size 2
  • Thread: White Flat Waxed Nylon
  • Weight: .025 Lead Wire
  • Tail: Black and White marabou with Blue Flashabou
  • Rib: Copper Wire
  • Hackle: Grizzly Saddle
  • Body: Lg. Dk. Olive Chenille
  • Head: Natural and White Deer Body Hair

Dave has also tied many of his other patterns for us. If you get a chance, take a look or click below.

Carp Pattern – Dave McKee
Hairwing Callibaeitis – Dave McKee
Caicos Critter – Dave McKee
Shrimp Cocktail – Dave McKee
Longhorn Beetle – Dave McKee
Dave’s Emerger – Dave McKee
Fire Bead Scud – Dave McKee

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