- Olive Wooly Bugger
Lower River Pattern
||TMC 3769 size 8-10 (or any standard
nymph hook) or 2X length
||Black 6//0 Uni-Thread
||Olive Marabou (krystal flash optional)
||Olive hackle (palmered)
||Medium Gold Wire
- If extra weight is desired, place a conehead or bead on the hook.
- Place the hook in the vise.
- Tie in the thread just behind the eye and wrap back to the bend of the hook.
- Tie in a clump of evenly spaced marabou feathers.
- Instead of trimming the butt ends, lift them up and wrap forward to the eye.
- Tie in a piece of gold or copper wire and wrap the thread back to the bend
leaving the long end of the wire hanging back.
- Wrap the thread forward to the head.
- Wrap the marabou forward to create a fuzzy body and tie off and trim at the head.
- Select a hackle to match the hook size and tie in about 2 eye lenghts back with
shiny side up and hackle tip pointing back towards the bend.
- Wrap the hackle back to the bend of the hook.
- Wrap the wire forward and through the hackle to secure it.
- Secure the wire at the head and wiggle to break the wire.
- If you used a bead or conehead, dub some olive sparkle dub or olive dub mixed
with flash dub to fill in the small gap.
- Whip finish and cement.
- Trim any excess hackle at the back.
||This standard pattern catches a lot of nice browns on the lower
river. They seem to prefer olive and brown, but black can work from time to time as
well. Add a bead head or cone head for a little more attraction and added weight.