Wooly Bugger

Episode 1 – Woolly Bugger – Piscator Flies tied by Darren MacEachern

The first fly I wanted to present is the Woolly Bugger. This one uses it’s original colors of an olive body and a black tail and hackle.

Although the original Woolly Bugger pattern is credited to be created by the late Russell Blessing of Pennsylvania, it is clearly an evolution of the earlier Woolly Worm fly,which again is itself a variation of the British Palmer fly, which dates back to the time of Walton. Blessing’s pattern was tied to represent the dobsonfly nymph or hellgrammite.

Buggers imitate pretty much any prey item, depending on what size hook it is tied on, additional elements used and what colors are used. The bugger can be tied to represent large nymphs, baitfish, leech, drowning terrestrial insects, worms, crayfish, shrimp or crabs.

This is one of the wonderful attributes of the bugger pattern is it’s ability to be transformed into countless variations. I’ll touch on some as we tie the pattern.

Woolly Bugger Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: 2xl or 3xl in size 2-8
Thread: black 6/0
Weight: .030 lead or similar optional
Tail: Black marabou
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Rib: fine copper wire
Body: Olive chenille med
Hackle: Black saddle hackle
Head: Black thread

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