Wooly Bugger

wooly bugger


  • Hook: 5263, sizes 2-10
  • Thread: To match body
  • Tail: Marabou that matches body. Add 3-5 strands of Krystal Flash.
  • Rib: Gold, silver, or coper wire
  • Body: Chenille or chenille plus rabbit
  • Hackle: Palmered black saddle hackle, or color to match body

Tying Instructions

  1. If extra weight is desired, place a conehead or bead on the hook.
  2. Place the hook in the vise.
  3. Tie in the thread just behind the eye and wrap back to the bend of the hook.
  4. Tie in a clump of evenly spaced marabou feathers.
  5. Instead of trimming the butt ends, lift them up and wrap forward to the eye.
  6. Tie in a piece of gold or copper wire and wrap the thread back to the bend leaving the long end of the wire hanging back.
  7. Wrap the thread forward to the head.
  8. Wrap the marabou forward to create a fuzzy body and tie off and trim at the head.
  9. Select a hackle to match the hook size and tie in about 2 eye lenghts back with shiny side up and hackle tip pointing back towards the bend.
  10. Wrap the hackle back to the bend of the hook.
  11. Wrap the wire forward and through the hackle to secure it.
  12. Secure the wire at the head and wiggle to break the wire.
  13. If you used a bead or conehead, dub some olive sparkle dub or olive dub mixed with flash dub to fill in the small gap.
  14. Whip finish and cement.
  15. Trim any excess hackle at the back.


woolly bugger with cone head weight
conehead bugger

Good body colors include black, green-olive, yellow-olive, brown, maroon, purple, and white. A bead head can be added, or weight under the body. In lakes where trout grow large and feed on other fish, try putting a strip of flashabou down each side. Another variation is the Krystal Bugger, which uses a body of black Krystal Chenille

How to Fish

Cast and retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. Also, wind-drifting works well in lakes. Fish at all depths until you find the right one, but most of the time you should be fishing somewhere between two to six feet deep.

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