How to Tie a Fly

Fishing Enthusiasts, Superior Threads has hundreds of colors available for fly tying. Every fly is different and each can have a number of variations; we would like to show you one we tied with Superior Thread. You can use all sorts of materials and colors to make the body, the most common Wooly Buggers are black, olive, and brown. For this article we made an olive Wooly Bugger.

Materials For Tying A Wooly Bugger:
  • HOOK: any heavy streamer hook 3x or 4x
  • WEIGHT*: Lead
  • THREAD: #031 OLDEN GREEN Tire #30 Silk
  • TAIL: Olive Marabou
  • BODY: Olive Chenille (large)
  • HACKLE: Olive or Brown Saddle
  • RIB*: Gold Wire (Medium)
  • *Optional Materials

Industrial threads for sewing
Bonded Nylon industrial sewing thread

  1. Attach the fly thread behind the eye on the hook and begin wrapping. Stop before the point of the hook. If you want to add weight you can wrap the lead, then tie it in place to prevent slippage.
  2. Before the bend in the hook, wrap more fly tying thread. Now, group several fibers from the Marabou feather and cut them off. You will tie the group securely in place before the bend in the hook.
  3. Now you are going to tie the Rib in.
  4. Next we will tie the Chenille in.
  5. Now we are tying in the Hackle. It is important that you first tie in the tip and have the shiny side facing upwards. This will make sure that the hackle increases in size from back to front of the fly, and that hackle splays backwards instead of forwards. (Both are characteristics of the Wooly Bugger and will give it it's unique action in water).
  6. Tightly and evenly wrap the fly tying thread forward, followed by the Chenille (also wrapped forward). Leave room enough to build up the head later. Now the Chenille should be tied down with three thread wraps and excess should be cut off.
  7. Grab the Hackle and slide your fingers across it (against the grain) to separate the fibers. Wind the hackle forward with even wraps. Add a few more wraps, then tie it town in the front.
  8. Time for the rib, wind it in the opposite direction as you wound the hackle. You don't have to add the rib, but it will help secure the hackle and help prevent it from unraveling from the trouts teeth or a snag.
  9. Finally, you Build up a small head. Whip finish. and don't forget to add a drop of head cement.

We have several threads that we recommend for tying flies:

View our Glitter Thread.

View our Tire Silk #30.

View our Kimono Silk.

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