Video: How to Tie the Steelhead Woolly Bugger

As Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions notes in his latest video, it’s hard to think of a fish that won’t eat a well-presented Woolly Bugger. Tim’s steelhead-specific pattern offers a few tweaks to the original however. Designed to be fished on the swing, it’s tied on a traditional, loop-eye salmon/steelhead hook, features a much bulkier body, and uses part of a marabou feather that most tiers throw away. I also love the way that Tim works backward and forward to create an incredible durable fly.

          Steelhead Woolly Bugger
          Hook: Salmon/steelhead hook (here a Dai-Riki #899), size 6.
          Thread: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Tail: Black marabou blood quill.
          Body: Peacock herl.
          Hackle: Sculpin olive saddle hackle.
          Adhesive: UV-cure resin.
          Tools: Hackle pliers, bodkin.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Steelhead Woolly Bugger”

  1. This is a great pattern and works great on trout too. I usually put a few strands of black Krystal flash in the tail and also tie some with black or brown hackle as well. As always a great video!

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