4 Baby Buggers

Woolly buggers are found in about a million different configurations and likely are the most used and tied fly today. Baby Buggers are another incarnation of the traditional bugger, using some modified material choices and smaller hooks. I’ve seen them tied down to size 22, but really, sizes 12-16 should be considered micro / baby bugger territory. While this pattern has nothing to do with calling birds, we’re using hen again. Just imagine the hen calling out to the tyer. lol

On the fourth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Niclas Runarsson recently created this step by step baby bugger tutorial. He has some great photography in the article and easy to follow instructions. Click here for the tutorial.

baby Wooly Bugger

Baby Bugger Recipe
Hook: Wet fly (2X long) or streamer, size #12-16
Weight: Brass bead and/or thin lead wire (alt. copper wire)
Thread: 8/0, black
Tail: Underfur from zonker strip, black
Body: Dubbing of choice, black
Hackle: Hen, black



3 PE(I) Flies

The PEI fly or Prince Edward as it was originally know uses red ibis in the wing, but because Red Ibis is not a readily accessible material, hen saddle makes a good substitute. Now, I’m not using French Hens, but actually I use the Chinese Hen. They have a beautiful shape to the feather, and sit nicely on top of the hook shank for this application. The name of the fly is a bit confusing, while some texts refer to the fly simply as the PE Fly, it is also seen as the PEI fly in others.

On the third day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

P.E.I. Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 3399 or Tiemco 700 (blind hook with gut eye may also be used)
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Red
Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Body: Light Yellow Floss
Rib: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Beard: Brown Neck Hackle
Wing: Red Ibis or Red Chinese Hen Saddle


Here is the fly featured on the 2005 Canadian stamp series. The fly was tied by Newfoundland’s Rob Solo.


I also created a little step by step tutorial of this fly. Click here to view the SBS of the PEI Fly


Keep a hook in your vise

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