Fly fishing is essentially the practice of fooling the fish. Fishermen do this in a variety of ways: picking the right spot, the right time, the right season, the right cast, the right reel, and, arguably most importantly, the right lure. Now, store-bought lures are getting better and better. But there’s an art to fly tying that can’t be matched by anything you buy in a store. And it’s tricky. It takes a lot of practice. If you’re tying for the first time we recommend starting with something simple that imitates a bunch of different insects that trout love: the wooly bugger.
If tied correctly, the wooly bugger will attract trout that are after leeches, salamanders, crayfish, tadpoles, or even dragonflies. To do it right, you’ll need a strung marabou black, black chenile, black hackle, black thread, gold beads that’ll fit on the hook, lead wire for your weight, size 6-12 streamer hooks, and head cement or nail polish.
First, place the bead on the straight end of the hook. Then tie on your thread. Use the thread to attach the black marabou, leaving an inch between the tie site and the bead. Then coil the lead wire around the hook between the marabou and the bead. Next, tie the chenile at the marabou site. Start with the thinnest part of the hackle and tie it on the back. tie off along with the chenile to clean it up. Finally, apply the head cement or nail polish over all tied ends.
Play around with colors and angles of marabous. The more wooly buggers you’ve got in your tacklebox, the more you’ve got to play with once you’re out scouting for trout. Fly tying is an art, which means there’s plenty of room for experimentation. Time and experience will give you more confidence in what works and what doesn’t.
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