another great piece by Monsieur Cheech at Fly Fish Food
there’s probably fourteen million tutorial videos out there on how to tie the Wooly Bugger and thirteen million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and eight of them basically suck: either there’s a disregard for proportions or they’re overly dressed, sloppily tied or simply butt-ugly, what usually remains is a fly that in my opinionated opinion isn’t worthy of being presented to the wonderful creatures their meant to attract.
anyhow, that leaves two… we’ve already seen Tim Flagler‘s excellent version a while back and here’s the other.
as pointed out in the video, the idea here was to improve on a pattern that most would think needs no improvement. to each their own of course but that way of thinking doesn’t lead to progress. on the other hand, experience, knowing how materials interact and most importantly, how their combinations will act once in the water (not at the vice or on a pic but in front of a fish, where it really matters) does make a better fly.
add durability to that and i’d say Cheech has done an excellent job.
click the image above to access the article and material list for this awesome fly. enjoy !
as in: “It don’t matter if the fish are hungry or not ’cause when they see me shake my thang the only thing they’ll be thinking about is slurpin’ me down”
here’s the Waking Wiggle beast
and here’s the Wiggle that’ll wake up the most lethargic fish.
the body and tail are just a variation of a Woolly Bugger and the shell/head is two pieces of sheet foam glued together. simples.
be sure to place a drop of glue behind the hook eye before slipping the foam lip over to keep it in place and keep the fly tracking straight during the retrieve.
as always, play around with colors, sizes and materials.
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by Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions
as Tim points out at the beginning of the video, the Bugger needs no introduction.
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 !