This is a nice twist on the traditional Woolly Bugger, and using the liquid (mineral oil) filled lace makes for something you really need to see in person. Liquid Lace is the best product I’ve used, so I can’t speak directly on the Ultra-lace, but the idea is the same in that the liquid inside the tubing prevents the tubing from collapsing, thus creating a space where light is free to reflect off of the mylar underbody. I’m not entirely sure why white thread was used on this fly as it just get’s markered in later. If the underbody was transparent, sure, but seems like we’re adding a few extra steps here. Also, it’s a total pet peeve when I see a natural material like marabou clipped! If I need to shorten a tail, I just grasp the marabou at the length I want and rip the tips away. It still leaves a somewhat natural look, not the abrupt manufactured appearance. I do like the fly, but there are just those couple little sticking points. Happy tying.
Mike Tucker’s Woolly Bugger
Hook: Tiemco 300 or 200R (6-12)
Underbody: Mylar Tinsel (10)
Overbody: Ultra-Lace, Peacock (blue)
Tail: marabou or Ostrich Herl
Hackle: Black Saddle
John Collins from Rise Form Studio twists up an homage pattern to the late Russel Blessing called the JC’s Copperhead. John uses a couple materials on this pattern that I really like. The first is Finn Raccoon, a material that is going to provide a solid tail, but still allow it to swim in the water like marabou. It also keeps a bit more shape, as it doesn’t collapse quite as much as marabou. The second in the Nymph head bead. I can’t tell you how much these beads have changed my fishing this year. I’ve had great years before, but this year was spectacular on the water. Just having a few patterns tied up with the beads has opened up a few new spots that were difficult to get to using standard beads or shot. One other little note is the use of peacock in the body. I love peacock because it’s a natural material, and like polar bear or jungle cock, there is no substitute that works as well as the real thing.
Anyway, enjoy John’s demo of his Copperhead Woolly Bugger variation.
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 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