To me the Bung helps me to put my flies in the exact area of the water column I want to fish them. Using the bung helps me holds the buzzers stationary at the depth determined by my leader length. It is exactly how coarse anglers fish using the long
pole or waggler. It is accurate fishing, using the first two methods you sort of know what depth your flies are fishing at. With the Bung you know 100 percent what depth you are fishing your flies.
The bung was probably used first in New Zealand –
a piece of yarn tied onto your leader a set distance up the cast with your nymph on the point.
Then this developed into the Klink and dink- a small Klinkhammer tied onto your leader with another piece of nylon 12-36 inches tied onto the bend of the
hook of your Klinkhammer and a nymph again tied onto the end of this piece of tippet.
These methods have worked for many years and it’s did not take long for the reservoir anglers in the UK to cop onto how precise this fishing can be in presenting
nymphs. The infamous bung was born and is now used on reservoirs, small Stillwater’s and rivers all over the world.
This bung can be made from anything really but the most common are hard pieces of brightly coloured,
highly buoyant foam with or without a hook in it, its tied either inline or on a dropper, with nymphs, buzzers, lures, eggs, really any fly you could imagine suspended beneath the bung.
There is a huge array of bungs on the market, inline
ones or ones on hooks in various sizes, shapes and colours. The question is which ones to use, when and how. Over the years I have used many different types of indicators whilst fly fishing, From the early days using huge amounts of CDC on the hook to suspend
the weighted nymphs on the River Liffey when this technique was very uncommon, On Lough Corrib again using my CDC indicators whilst buzzer fishing and of course my home made foam and ball indicators I have used on the small Stillwater’s I frequent during
the winter months.
But these indicators all have issues- CDC gets waterlogged and sink, the foam ones spin on your droppers as does the ball indicators with hooks in them. The large inline foam ball I used become damaged overtime and slid
up and down your line even with plastic float stops attached either side of them. So I was always looking for the perfect indicator
Last year at the start of the winter puddle fishing I came across a New Bung from Fario. This Bung is durable and has a hook embedded into it, it also comes in a range of colours to suit light conditions, a problem I had in the past when fishing at distance on a cold sunny winters morning it was next to impossible to
see the bung.
It rarely twists due to its shape and therefore does not damage your leader. Having a hook in it makes it competition legal too and I have found no problem with them so far.