Video: How to Tie the Major Woody

In the latest great fly-tying video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie a buggy, all-purpose pattern that he calls the Major Woody, for reasons that will become obvious. What’s cool is that this is one of those flies that you can fish almost any way you want, and it will catch fish.

As usual, Tim demonstrates some tying tricks that will help you become a better overall tier. I like the ways that he manages materials for maximum efficiency, and the two dubbing methods used here can be used on thousands of other patterns.


          Major Woody
          Hook: 3X-heavy barbless nymph hook (e.g. Orvis 1P19), sizes 12-16.
          Thread: Wood duck, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, brassie size.
          Tail: Wood-duck feather.
          Abdomen: Wood duck rabbit-fur dubbing.
          Wing: Wood-duck feather.
          Thorax: Wood duck rabbit-fur dubbing.
          Head: Tying thread.
          Adhesive: UV-cure resin.
          Tools: Bodkin, dubbing brush, dubbing needle.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Major Woody”

  1. Hey Tim, it was nice to meet you at The Fly Fishing Show last Friday. As always, great video! Hilarious! Especially the “bug wave”!

  2. Great pattern.
    Fishing buddy: What are you catching all those fish with if you don’t mind me asking?
    Me: I’ve got a Major Woodie.
    Fishing Buddy: Good to know but what’s tied on to the end of your line?

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