Hook-3XL, 2XH streamer hook sz. 2 or 4
Thread-brown 6/0 or clear mono
Weight-4 to 6 wraps of 0.025 lead wire
Tail-white and brown marabou hackled forward, then tied back to form a mixed tail
Flash-pearl and gold krystal flash-two strands of each on each side
Rib-clear mono or copper wire
Body-white, tan, and brown dubbing mix blended-blend spun into dubbing loop, wrapped forward, and brushed out
Rubber legs-white silicone rubber legs with barring-2 on each side
Hackle-one white and one brown saddle wrapped together towards the tail, then trapped by the rib material and counter wrapped back towards the head of the fly
Collar-one natural grizzly and one brown grizzly soft hackle feather wrapped 3-5 times then followed by another brown soft hackle
Head-whip finish and put a coat of brown fabric paint over thread. After that dries, apply second coat of clear glitter fabric paint. After all fabric paint has dried and cured, apply thin coat of head cement or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
This fly is just a woolly bugger with a twist. Instead of a chenille body it has a dubbed body along with some rubber legs and a reflective head. Make sure when you are tying this pattern that you match your feather size appropriately so the fly stays in proportion. You can also add a bead to the head to add extra weight if needed rather than finishing the head as pictured above. Other than the minor edits, this fly is basic. With woolly buggers the options are endless!
The nice thing about buggers is that you can fish them many different ways. You can swing them, dead drift, retrieve them like a streamer, or jig them. With all these options it is no wonder why this fly has stood the test of time. The fish and the conditions you are fishing will dictate the retrieve. Experiment and give this fly a try. You will not be disappointed!
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