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How to Tie: The Woolly Bugger

Difficulty: easy

25% difficulty

Time: 5-10 minutes

28% timely

Cost: expensive

expensive cost
About these metrics

Imitates: glass minnow/fry/small baitfish, crawfish, leach, nymph, ambiguous/something tasty

Target species: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, peacock bass, panfish, rainbow trout, brown trout

Where to fish: warmwater lakes/ponds/rivers/canals, coldwater lakes/ponds/rivers

Notes: Great choice for your first trout fly! Once you get it, go crazy with the colors! Use tungsten beads for a heavier variation

Save 10% on materials with the kit:

Wooly Bugger MFC Kit
Woolly Bugger Material Kit
#6 Tan Standard (MFC Saddle)
$34.14 3 in stock

About the fly:

How can you not love the Woolly Bugger – the simple time-tested streamer. It’s one of those flies that may have been your first tie, but you’re still tying and fishing it 20 years later.

And that’s because fish eat it. Baitfish, crayfish, large bug or leech – whatever the switch in a trout or bass’s brain is looking for, the Woolly Bugger triggers it.

Helpful tools/additional materials:

For palmering the hackle:
A cheaper hackle alternative:
For a heavier variation:

Recommended ties:

Tying the Wiredipity trout nymph

How to tie: the Wiredipity

Difficulty: easy | Time: 5-10 minutes

Imitates: nymph

Target species: rainbow trout, brown trout

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