Wooly buggers are often the first fly that people learn to tie. It is easy to tie and it catches fish like crazy! It works well in stillwater and rivers alike. It catches trout, bass, and everything in between. It can be tied in all color variations imaginable. It is also tied in very large sizes down to medium sizes. Personally I tie most of mine in sizes 4 to 8. It can represent bait fish, leeches, stonefly nymphs, and other large food items. It can be fished dead drifted, retrieved, and almost any other method. That is possibly why it works so well, it can be tied however, fished however, and catches fish almost everywhere.
Place the bead and lead wire on the hook. Adjust the type of bead (tungsten or brass) and the amount of lead depending on how heavy you want the fly to be.
Start the thread behind the lead and build it up a little to keep the lead from sliding back. Wrap a few turns of thread over the lead to tie it in. Take thread as far back even with the barb of the hook.
Tie in the marabou tail. Tie the marabou down to the back of the lead wire.
Tie in the chenille and wire.
Tie in the saddle hackle by the tip.
Apply glue to the point where everything is tied in to keep materials from pulling out.
Wrap chenille tightly up to the bead.
Palmer hackle until it is behind the bead. Make two extra turns for a collar right behind the bead.
Wrap the wire tightly forward while wiggling it to allow hackle fibers to escape being tied down.
Pull the collar hackle fibers back and make a few tight turn over them to slightly flare the hackle back away from the bead.
Whip finish twice, apply head cement and get ready to catch fish!
Olive Wooly Bugger
Hook: Streamer or nymph hooks sizes 2-8
Bead: Brass or tungsten
Lead: Size 0.020
Thread: Olive 6/0
Body: Large olive/pearl tensile chenille
Rib: Brassie silver wire
Tail: Olive marabou
Hackle: Olive saddle hackle
Be brave! Change thread, chenille, marabou, and hackle colors for other useful variations.
You can tie wooly buggers in every color variation you can imagine. Be creative and find your favorite variations that catch fish.