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The Bead Head Wooly Bugger Fishing Fly

The Bead Head Wooly Bugger Fishing Fly

Ingredients for the Bead Head Wooly Bugger:
  • Mustad 9672 3x Nymph Hook 4 - 12
  • Metal or Glass Bead
  • Marabou (match colors)
  • Pearl Flash
  • Fine Copper Wire
  • Chenille (match colors)
  • Saddle Hackle (match colors)
  • 6/0 fly tying thread to match body.
Starting the Bead Head Wooly Bugger.

Start by crimping down the barb of the hook. You may be able to place on the bead with out crimping the barb, but it is much easier once the barb is crimped. Place the bead on the hook, then place the hook in the vice.

Tie in the marabou

Tie on your thread and run it to the bend of the hook. Tie in a piece of marabou to match your desired color variation. Tear off some of the longer pieces of marabou in the tail to the length you want. I do this so that I get a few less short strikes with trout. It is optional to tear the marabou.

Tie down your marabou

Do not trim your marabou. Instead, tie it down, going towards the eye of the hook. Trim the excess at the eye, and tie the marabou down by running the thread back to the bend of the hook.

Tie in rest of the materials

Take 3 or 4 strands of pearl flash (or any other color you want) and tie them in on each side of the marabou tail. Tie in a piece of fine copper wire, and chenille at the bend of the hook. Wrap the chenille to the eye of the hook, tie it off, and trim the excess.

Prepare the feather

Next prepare the hackle by stripping off the webby fibers. Make sure to leave your self a decent sized stem to tie into the fly.

Tie in the prepared feather

Tie in your prepared feather just behind the bead. Use several wraps in front of and behind the feather stem to secure it firmly. Wrap the feather backwards to the bend of the hook.

Finish the Bead Head Wooly Bugger

Once you reach the bend of the hook, take the copper wire, and wrap it back through the hackle. Wrap the wire in the opposite direction that the hackle was wrapped. This will secure the hackle. Wrap the wire to the bead, and secure it with thread. Trim off the excess wire, add a whip finish, and cement the fly. Trim off the tip of the hackle near the tail of the fly.