Woolly Bugger

Hook:
Streamer Hook (e.g. Mustad 9672), size 2-10
Thread:
140 Denier Thread, color to match body
Hackle:
Saddle Hackle, black or any color
Tail:
Marabou, black or any color
Body:
Chenille, black or any color
Weight:
Lead (optional)
Flash:
Krystal Flash (Optional)

The Woolly Bugger is one of the most effective fly patterns ever invented. It can catch nearly anything that swims and can be tied in hundreds of variants of color, weight, and materials.

Step
1
Tie your thread on the hook and wrap a light base down the shank.
Step
2
Cut a small tuft of marabou for the tail and tie in at the bend of the hook. The tail should be close to the length of the hook shank. It is important to use the natural ends of the marabou fibers for best movement.
Step
3
If you're choosing to use any flash, tie it in now along the sides of the tail.
Step
4
Tie in a saddle hackle by the tip at the base of the tail.
Step
5
Tie in a piece of chenille at the base of the tail to make up the body.
Step
6
Wrap the chenille forward completely covering the shank of the hook and tie off at the head. Be sure to leave enough room to form a properly proportioned head later.
Step
7
Palmer the hackle over the body and tie off at the head.
Step
8
Make sure all your materials are secured, then form your thread head, whip finish, and top off with head cement.