how to tie a Woolly Bugger

by  Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions

as Tim points out at the beginning of the video, the Bugger needs no introduction. wooley-bugger-tim-fogler-e1361100237378
unless you’re one of those Halfordian weirdos… simply put, this is a pattern every fly angler should have. it’s often referred to by countless fishers as the absolutely most productive fly. ’nuff said.
below is the best tutorial for this fly i’ve seen. always clear, concise, Tim’s videos are a real treat. tie it weighed or unweighted, big or small and vary colors and accessories like flash or rubber legs.
go nuts but here’s the basics,  enjoy !

3 thoughts on “how to tie a Woolly Bugger

  1. Gorgeous! I recently learned to tie the Buggar in an Orvis class, but this just feels richer because fo the close-ups. Love it

  2. Reblogged this on The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal and commented:
    YOU could probably travel the world with a box full of Olive Woolly Buggers in various sizes and pretty much get by on trout anywhere, and a whole bunch of other species as well. It is as they say a standard, incredibly versatile, and just plain catches fish.
    In fact its so familiar, things like tying one well, probably get somewhat overlooked. Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions, has a pretty good version. Though my mentor at the Beaver Dam Store might say the tail is a hair long and slightly heavy on the hackle, but Charlotte was a stickler, and I had quite a few rejections early on. Less material in the tail = more movement.

    For our waters standard olive works well, but try some variations in either light olive or sculpin olive. I also dig a Flashabou bugger with a strip of flashabou layered down the side, and tied off with red thread as a color. And a brown version with flashy chennille, and some rubber legs is a killer in the spring for small crawdad.

    Enjoy the video

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