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.
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.