This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Woolly Bugger.

Woolly Bugger |

Like many flies, fly tyers are always tweeking tried and true flies to make them fish better. The Woolly Bugger is very similar to the Woolly Worm, but with a different tail of marabou. The picture above includes a bead head as well.

The fly was created by Russell Blessing of Pennsylvania around 1967. The Woolly Bugger is one of the first flies used to teach beginners the art of fly tying. It is constructed of a marabou tail, chenille body wrapped with hackle. Pick any color combination and see if it works for you.

It can be used as a wet fly or streamer. I use it mostly for lakes.

Here is another version I use in lakes. It uses dubbing rather than chenille for the body.

Claret Bugger|

Have you used a Woolly Bugger lately?

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