Woolly Bugger

The Woolly Bugger fly is constructed with a marabou tail, a chenille body, and a hackle palmered from the tail to the head of the fly. There is a under body of lead wire to add weight to the fly. Tying the pattern with a rib of fine copper wire helps protect the palmer hackle. This pattern can be tied in a variety of colors.

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Black Marabou
Place the hook in the vice. Starting after the bend in the hook, leaving room to tie in the tail, wrap the lead wire along the shank to form the weighted under body.
Secure the thread behind the eye and wrap it to the bend of the hook, past the lead wire. Tie in the marabou feathers so that they extend the length of the hook shank past the bend. Snip off the tag ends of the marabou and form a smooth under body.
At the base of the tail, tie in the saddle hackle, chenille, and copper wire. Return the thread to the eye of the hook.
Wrap the chenille along the body towards the eye, leaving enough room to form a head. Secure the chenille with thread.
Wrap the hackle along the body in even spaced turns until the end of the chenille, form a collar by taking three close turns before securing the hackle with thread.
Wrap the copper wire in the opposite direction of the hackle being careful not to fold over the feather fibers. Secure the wire with thread.
Remove the excess materials, form a small head with thread, whip finish and apply head cement.
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