How to Make a Bead Head Wooly Bugger




This is a very popular streamer with great action when stripping your line. Hope this helps you and catch's you lots of fish

Step 1: Materials

For this fly you will need a vise (obviously),fly scissors, a bobbin, thread (has to match the color of you marabou), marabou, chenille, beads that fit your hook, lead wire or other material, hook size 10 streamer hook works well, grizzly hackle, bodkin, head cement, (hackle pliers and whip finisher optional)

Step 2: Putting the Hook On

Grab the bead with something maybe even tweezers because it is very small and put it on the hook small hole first. Then firmly scure the hook on your vise.

Step 3: Weighting It

With a little extra added weight on the front of the wooly bugger it will enhance the action of it ten fold. Put about 14 wraps around the shank of the hook and cut the left over ends. Then slide it to the bead to secure the bead firmly

Step 4: Starting the Thread

Start wrapping the thread immediately behind the lead wire. For added security for the lead wire you can put a couple wraps on the wire.

Step 5: Getting the Marabou Ready

Start the marabou off by stripping all the off colored fibers off at the base of the stem. Then wet your fingers and flatten the marabou this will make it easier to control. You will notice the stringy strands at the end cut all those off in a straight line to make the tail bushier. You are now ready to tie the marabou on to your hook.

Step 6: Tying on the Marabou

Measure the end of the marabou so it is just  bit longer then the shank of the hook and tie it on to the middle, remember you want the fluffy side coming out the back not the stem. Once you have got it secure to the middle start making wraps to the bend of the hook, and once it is fully secure cut off the tag end stem on the marabou. After al that is done advance the thread to the front just behind the bead.

Step 7: Cutting and Securing the Chenille

Cut off about a 6" piece of chenille that is the same colour as your marabou. Secure it to the front of your fly and start securing it backwards until you are at the bend. After it is secure advance the thread to the front of the fly.

Step 8: Wrapping the Chenille

When the chenille is secure to the hook you can start wrapping it. Wrap it around the hook in tight spirals so there is no bare spots until you are just behind the bead. With the thread give it a couple wraps to secure it there and then you can cut off the tag end. You can whip finish it there for added strength to the fly, but it is not mandatory.

Step 9: Picking and Preparing the Hackle

Pull a piece of hackle that has fibers about 1.5 the size of the hook gap. Then strip away the bottom webbing on it and strip away about 1/4" of webbing off the top only. This will help the fibers orient so they are sticking out.

Step 10: Wrapping the Hackle

Secure the hackle with a couple wraps behind the bead so that the 1/4" bare side is facing the fly. Then advanced the string to the back so it is ready to secure the hackle when you have wrapped it all the way back. Then start wrapping the hackle back to the bend of the hook and secure it and cut off the tag end.

Step 11: Advancing the Thread

Move the thread to the front just behind the bead in wide open spirals so you don't trap any hackle. It is ok because some are going to get trapped, if you go in wide open spirals not as many will.

Step 12: Finishing

When the thread is at the front whip finish the fly with your fingers or tool then cut the thread. Give it a couple drops of head cement to increase the durability of the fly. Now you have a wooly bugger. Have Fun Fishing!

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    11 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Personally, I'm a big fan of counter wrapping wire instead of thread. I feel that it helps to secure the hackle better than thread. I also would have used peacock, but I like a flashy fly...

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    4 years ago

    Nice! A little tip, skipping the step of cutting the marabou ends off does result in a better look fly but as noted is not as bushy. If you grip the excess ends betwern thumb and finger and tear, the result will be a much more natural looking cut than one achieved with scissors.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Beat me to the comment. I recommend this for the same reason. Now, where's my comment upvote...?


    4 years ago

    Thank you for all the comments and tips! I really appreciate them! Remember to vote for it


    4 years ago on Step 13

    Very nice instrucible. Sorta makes me want to get out on the water.


    4 years ago

    Nicely done. :)


    4 years ago

    I thought this was a fishing fly when I first saw it!