Tag Archives: Woolly Bugger

The fly of the month for April is the spawn of a beadheaded woolly bugger and the pickle. Each of these flies has been extremely effective on trout at the cabin, the hope here is that this fly is doubly effective. Okay, so I don’t think it works like that, but this fly should work pretty well too. We’ll put it to the test Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to Blake for another great pattern.


  • Streamer hook of your liking
  • Bead to fit hook
  • Lead wire for the shank
  • Marabou
  • Rubber legs
  • Hackle
  • Dubbing
  1. Put your bead on your hook and wrap the shank with as much lead as is desired. Getting this fly down in the water column will be important, so I put a good bit of .020 lead on. The heavier the fly, the less shot that I will have to put on. Slide the lead up the shank so that it butts up against the bead. This helps keep the bead in position.


2. Lay down a layer of thread to lock everything in place.


3. Tie in your marabou at the bend, a little shorter than as if you were tying a normal woolly bugger.


4. Tie in a leg on either side of the tail.


5. Bring your thread to the midpoint of the shank and tie in another leg using figure 8 wraps. Repeat for the other two legs.


6. Tie in the hackle with the curved side facing out. We want the barbs to point towards the tail rather than forward when we palmer it back.


7. Dub the body of the fly starting at the head and finishing at the bend. Leave the thread here to use to catch the hackle for the ribbing.


8. Palmer the hackle to the bend. When you get to the bend, grab the thread and make a wrap catching the end of the hackle. Then spiral wrap the thread as a rib to the bead.


9. Clip the hackle tip and whip finish behind the bead. Finished fly.




Made a trip to the marsh this past weekend with Blake and his dad. Conditions were excellent for kayak fishing and the redfish were hitting lures very aggressively. I caught a few over slot reds on the day including one that was pushing 30″. Catching larger fish gave me a chance to try out the camera feature on the GoPro and I’m pretty happy with the result. That little camera is sweet.

Sightfishing conditions weren’t the best, water levels were high, clarity wasn’t great, but I still managed to land a red on the fly and on a woolly bugger no less. I’ve got a little personal experiment to see how many fish species I can catch on the woolly bugger. Arguably the most versatile fly out there.

We also chased down a popping cork that had what we thought was a redfish under it. Turns out it was about a three foot long blacktip shark that managed to finally pop the line before I could land it. Probably a good thing. Just another reminder that there ARE sharks in the marsh.