Hi! My name is David Dirks. I am managing
director of Dirks Outdoors on behalf of Expert Village. Today we are going to learn how to
tie the classic and highly effective wooly bugger. Now in terms of material, there is
only a couple of basic materials you need in order to tie the wooly bugger. We are going
to be using first of all a marabou. Marabou can be purchased at any fly tying store or
mail order shop. It comes in bags. It is a very very fluffy tailing material. It helps
the wooly bugger become very effective in the water. Part of the charm and fish ability
of the wooly bugger is the fact that it undulates in the water. It just flows in the water and
opens up. As you can see in the photo here, it just looks like something any fish would
want to eat. So we have marabou The next piece for the body, that’s for the tail. For the
body, is chenille Chenille builds the body out for us. This happens to be olive and this
happens to be black. We are going to be using black today. You can buy chenille in almost
infinite variety of colors so you can have a lot of experimentation with the wooly bugger.
We are going to be tying a black one but again, you can tie to suit your needs and the area
that you are fishing. Another area that we need to build at the body is a hackle and
in this case I have black hackle. It happens to be a saddle hackle from here. It comes
from the saddle part of the chicken that it is harvested from and we will be using a piece
of this for our body. The wooly bugger can be tied in several different sizes of hooks.
Today we are using a size 8 streamer hook that you can tie it anywhere from a 6 all
the way up to a size 14 streamer hook. First part of constructing a wooly bugger is to
simply attach your thread to your hook and that is what we are going to do here. We are
just going to take a couple of wraps. Now every fly generally is built from the rear
end out so we are going to start building this fly actually we are going to put a little
lead on here first. So I am going to take a piece of lead and I am going to attach it.
Just as you see here I am going to lay a little bit of that lead right on top of the hook.
I am going to go back and secure that. I like lots of lead because I like my fly to sink.
Now the first thing to do is just to wrap the lead around the fly and do that as tightly
as possible. You can see here if I don’t like that I can go back. The good thing about tying
is you can go back and I am going to wrap that like so. I am going to keep wrapping
that all the way up. I only used about a 4 inch piece of lead. That is about all you
need. There we have it. Okay. I am going to trim that lead off and just to make sure that
I have it secured, I am going to wrap over that thread a few times.