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Wooly Bugger

Wooly Bugger

Wooly Bugger Recipe

  • Hook: 4X-long streamer hook, size 2-12.
  • Bead: Gold, 5/32-inch.
  • Thread: Brown olive, 6/0 or 140 denier.
  • Weight: Lead-free wire, .02.
  • Tail: Olive marabou blood quill, tips removed.
  • Body: Olive chenille.
  • Hackle: Olive grizzly.
  • Adhesive: Head cement.

Scouting Report

The Woolly Bugger is an artificial fly commonly categorized as a wet fly or streamer and is fished under the water surface. It is a popular and widely used pattern for both freshwater and saltwater game fish and is generally listed as one of the top patterns to have in any fly box. Woolly Bugger flies are typically tied on number 2 to 14 long or extra long hooks. Variations include Woolly Buggers weighted with brass or tungsten beads, brass or tungsten cones, brass, lead or tungsten dumbbell eyes.

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