How to Tie a Fly: The Wooley Bugger

Learn how to tie this classic fly – we'll take you through every step.

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How to Tie a Fly: The Wooley Bugger

You will need:

Scissors

Vice

Marabou blood quill

Whip finisher

Hackle

Black thread and bobbin

Pliers

Black Chenille

Streamer hook (size 4-10)

Steps:

Pinch barb down on the hook

Firmly secure the hook in your vice

Start your thread about halfway down the hook shank

Trim the tag end of your thread halfway through

Wrap the thread back to bend of hook

A single Marabou Blood Quill will be used for the tail

Measure tail so it's about same length as hook shamk

Tie Marabou in at hook bend using pinch technique

Trim any excess Marabou extending beyond hook eye

Wrap backwards until you reach hook bend

Prep chenille by exposing the thread core

Tie in chenille by its thread core at the bend of the hook

Prep hackle by stroking fibers down so they stand away from stem

Tie in hackle by the tip alongside the chenille

Wrap the thread to just behind the hook eye

Wrap the chenille forward with your hand

Tie off the chenille and trim off the excess

Palmer the hackle forward to the front of the hook; be sure to pull on the hackle enough so it sinks a bit into chenille

Tie off the hackle and trim off the excess

Pull all of the materials back and make a thread head

Whip finish the head of the fly

Trim your thread and apply head cement if desired

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