1. Take a marabou feather and pull off the short fibers at base of feather stem. Not all marabou is created equal and you may have to use two feathers to get a tail as full looking as you want. Usually one feather will work on woolybuggers from size 14 to size 10 and two feathers for size 8 to size 4.


2. Hold stem in right fingers and pull feather with left fingers to consolidate fibers and hold. Let go right fingers and grip fiber base. Let go left fingers.


3. Hold feather bunch against hook shank to determine tail length. Tail length on woolybuggers is a matter of personal preference but I have found hook shank length works well for me. Make sure thread is hanging at rear of hook shank where bend starts.


4. With left fingers, grasp feather behind the hook shank length (A) of tail and let go with right.

5. Hold tail butts along shank so that the (A) tail length starts at rear of hook shank. Cut excess tail so that tail butts are up against the start of lead wraps. This makes for a smooth underbody and the finished fly has no humps or dips in the body.

6. Hold tail butts at a downward angle on your side of hook shank where the tail length (A) and the rear of shank intersect. Your thread should be properly positioned. Make loose wrap of thread around tail. and tighten toward you. Keep hold of tail in left hand.

For optional tail tie-in method see: Nymph Tail Tie-in


7. Start next wrap with heavy thread pressure in front of first thread wrap. Thread torque will roll tail material up on top of shank. This is why we angle downward on your side of shank. It also keeps individual tail fibers together.



8. Wrap forward with heavy pressure to tail butts and back to hook bend. Let go tail with left hand.

Tail Should look like this.



You are now ready to Tie in Chenille Body.

Wooly Bugger