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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Sparse Woolly Bugger Pattern

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This fly is purposely tied sparse. You can bet a trout has seen a lot of Woolly Buggers in their day and this pattern gives ‘em something to think about.

Materials Needed and Instructions:

  •  6/0 thread - Black
  • 3x streamer hook
  • Gold Bead 1/8 - 5/32
  • Black marabou
  • Kreinik Heavy #32 Braid in your color choice
  • Kreinik Flash In A Tube 006HL – Blue Hi Lustre, or your color choice
  • Grizzly saddle hackle

    1.)  Place the bead on your hook.  You may need to crimp down the barb of the hook. Tie on your thread and wrap all the way to the curve of the hook.

    2.)  Measure a piece of Marabou about the same length as the shaft of the hook. Use a pinch wrap to tie on the marabou. This forms the tail. Trim off the excess. Tie in 4-8 strands of the Kreinik Flash In A Tube around the tail, and trim them to the same size as the tail.

    3.)  Tie the Kreinik Heavy #32 Braid & a saddle hackle feather at the tail. Tightly wrap the braid (not the hackle) forward to a point just behind the hook eye. Tie off the braid, and trim the excess.

    4.)  Wrap the hackle forward, and secure it at the head. Trim the excess, and add a whip finish to the fly.

Fishing These Flies:
The great thing about Woolly Buggers is that there is no wrong way to fish this fly. Add some weight to the fly or use a sink tip line to get you fly down deep and dead drift it. Use the same technique and strip it. Add even more weight to your tippet and bounce it along the bottom. Try an un-weighted version to fish along the surface and strip the fly in. This fly simply produces whether you are fishing the smallest mountain stream, large impoundments even in saltwater.

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