Optional strands of sparkle material such as Krystal Flash add
immense fish appeal to the fly - probably because the sparkle
lends a lifelike quality to the Bugger. In case you encounter
off-color water, tie some all-black Woolly Buggers with
fluorescent blue Flashabou in the tail. Black shows well in
dark water,...and since Flashbou is flat, not crinkled like
Krystal Flash, it gives off quick, bright flashes of reflected
light, and advantage in less-clear water.
When tying the body, make each wrap tight against the previous
wrap and try to work the stem of the palmered hackle into the
body material. To increase durability, reinforce the hackle
with a wire or round tinsel rib, counter-wrapped in the
opposite direction as the hackle. If you wrapped the hackle
clockwise around the body, then wrap the rib counter-clockwise
so it crisscrosses over the hackle stem, locking it tightly
to the body.
Marabou shrinks when wet so use about twice as much as you
would like the fish to see in the water. (But don't overdo
it because too much marabou upsets the way the fly swims in
the current.) ~ ZM
Credits: The previous tips are an excerpt from
Tying Steelhead Flies, 12 of the Best by
Deke Meyer, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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