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Woolly Bugger

Step by Step's

The Woolly Bugger

The Woolly Bugger Fly Tying Materials
The Woolly Bugger Step 1

Step 1

Take some lead wire and wind down the hookshank. Make sure that there is a gap of around 6mm left between the hook eye and the lead. The same needs to be left at the rear of the hook, again about 6mm, this time from the barb. Once the lead wire is in position, coat the lead with superglue to fix it in place.

The Woolly Bugger Step 2

Step 2

At the start of the lead wire, catch in the thread and wind it down the hookshank to a point where the marabou tail will be tied in.

The Woolly Bugger Step 3

Step 3

Take a bunch of marabou and remove any excess fluff from the stems. Wet the stems and catch in just before the lead. Try not to protrude onto the lead with the marabou, this will keep the body very uniform.

The Woolly Bugger Step 4

Step 4

Tie in two lengths of black Krystal Flash at each side of the marabou tail. This is optional.

The Woolly Bugger Step 5

Step 5

Catch in a black cock hackle with barbs about 1.5 times the width of the hook bend.

The Woolly Bugger Step 6

Step 6

Catch in a length of Black Chenille and return the thread to a position about 1/3 the length of the hookshank from the eye.

The Woolly Bugger Step 7

Step 7

Wind the chenille up the hookshank. After each wind I find it helps to push the fibres back with your left hand using the thumb and forthfinger before performing the next winding. At the thread position secure the chenille with thread and trim any waste chenille.

The Woolly Bugger Step 8

Step 8

Catch in a length of fluo green chenille and return the thread up to the eye.

The Woolly Bugger Step 9

Step 9

Wind the fluo green chenille up towards the eye, leaving enough space to build a neat head. Secure with thread and trim any waste chenille.

The Woolly Bugger Completed Fly

Step 6

The final step is to wind the hackle forward in open turns up to the eye. Secure the hackle at the eye and trim any waste hackle. Build a neat head with thread, whip finish and varnish the head.

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