Hook - Mustad Streamer Hook sz. 2 or 4 2XH 3XL
Bead - Glass 6/0 white
Thread - White 6/0 or clear mono
Tail - White marabou with two strands pearl krystal flash on each side
Rib - clear mono
Dubbing Loop - * create dubbing loop and hang out of the way until rubber legs are tied in
Silicone/Rubber Legs - White barred
* two legs (one on each side) at both the 2/3 and 1/3 point on the hook shank
Dubbing Loop - Body - * fill dubbing loop with white dubbing of choice, spin, brush out, and wrap forward just passed the front set of rubber legs
Saddle Hackle - White hackle tied in near the base wrapping backwards to rear of fly
* when you reach the rear, counter wrap and trap the feather with the mono rib wrapping the rib to just past the front rubber legs
* brush out the dubbing and blend it with the saddle hackle
Hot Spot - form a small dubbing loop and fill with a small amount of red dubbing (enough for 1-1.5 turns) *spin, brush out and wrap forward
Head - Natural grizzly soft hackle
Optional** - two coats of nail polish on glass bead and thread head (one coat clear pearl glitter, one sally hansens)
Make sure that you don't forget the rib when tying this fly or you wont be able to attach your saddle hackle later. This is a woolly bugger with a dubbing body rather than a chenille body. Keep tension on your saddle hackle when wrapping backwards and wrap the rib tightly forward. This counter wrap has never failed me and I have never had a bugger fall apart. Make sure to use a fine tooth dubbing brush rather than a bodkin to brush out dubbing. The bodkin could damage the saddle hackle or rib you have already tied down. You can add lead weight if you want this fly to get deeper. Use this tying recipe to follow along with the tying demo below.
Strip it in, swing it, dead drift it, or jig it. It all works! Woolly buggers are extremely versatile! This particular fly is a great minnow imitation and shines in small creeks and streams. Vary your retrieve speed and presentation based upon how the fish are responding. Check out the video below to see how this fly saved the day and produced a nice creek bass and northern pike!
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