This week’s great fly-tying video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie a simple yet effective streamer pattern based on the original Golden Retriever, created by Virginia tier Jim Finn. Like the original Woolly Bugger, Finn’s fly was originally designed for smallmouth bass. The features that make the pattern special are the translucent body, which allows the red underbody to shine through, and the extra full tail, which provides a lot of lifelike motion in the water.
As usual, Tim offers plenty of cool tricks to help you tie cleaner, more elegant flies. From the way he spins the thread to either cord it up or make it flatter, to his method for holding the tailing material to ensure it stays on top of the hook shank, Tim is always focused on making you a better overall tier.
Hook: 2X-long jig hook (here a Lightning Strike FM51 30), size 10.
Bead: Gold, slotted tungsten bead, 5/32-inch.
Thread: Red or chartreuse, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Tail: Tan arctic fox.
Body: Tan Rayon chenille, medium.
Collar: Red tying thread.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Tools: Flea comb, whip-finish tool.