How to tie an Olive Wooly Bugger

The Wooly Bugger is perhaps the most popular streamer pattern. Wooly Bugger Flies are a great imitations of nervous bait fish and swimming nymphs. This particular Olive Wooly Bugger Fly is tied with lead wire to make it sink faster.  Personally, my favorite fish to cast a Wooly Bugger at is carp.

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 Watch how to tie this fly:

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Materials List:

For all of my Wooly Buggers I make sure to use strong hooks.  For this particular fly I chose to use a straight eye, size #2 streamer hook.  Wooly Buggers are most often tied in sizes #8, #6, #4, #2.
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In this fly tying video demonstration, I used Lead Wire to weight the fly.  I have tied Wooly Buggers with and without weight, and the trout still bite.

Using strong thread for all of your streamer patterns is very important.  This streamer is going to take quite a bit of abuse.  I suggest Danville's Waxed FlyMaster Plus.

I used Copper wire for the rib of this fly. Using a copper rib is essential for the durability of this fly.

For the tail of this Wooly Bugger I chose to use Barred Olive Marabou.  This fly can also be tied with simple Olive Marabou or any other color the grabs you for that matter.

The body of this popular streamer is tied with an olive pattern chenille.  This is another part of this fly where you can use many different colors.

The hackle of this Olive Wooly Bugger is tied with Olive Chicken Feathers.  I like to use strung feathers and schlappen for my streamer hackles.
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 Step By Step: How to tie an Olive Wooly Bugger

Start with a strong hook
Use Lead Wire to add weight to the fly
Begin tying with strong thread  and wrap it back to the top of the bend of the hook
Add a nice clump of marabou for the tail
Tie in a stretch of Copper wire for the rib of the fly
Now tie in a length of chenille
Add two Olive Streamer hackles. Line them up together and then tie them in tips first
Wrap the Chenille Forward
Wrap the Hackles forward
Now counter wrap the Copper Wire up to the eye.  Take some time and pick out the hackle that is trapped under the wire and there you have it!

Olive Wooly Bugger

Streamer fishing is one of the most exciting ways to catch a fish. Olive Wooly Buggers work on bass, carp, all trout and many more species.  If you would like to fly fish in Colorado with streamers, contact Capt Matt Thomas

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How to tie an Autumn Splendor Streamer Fly

This deadly cone head streamer is perfect for fishing the rivers in Colorado and Montana.  It could be the yellow/brown combo or the wiggly legs, but whatever it is, trout love to eat it.  This fly is tied  with weight and works best when fished near the bottom.  Autumn Splendors can be used to imitate bait fish, crawdads, and probably a few different kinds of insects.

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Materials List:

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I use a very strong streamer hook when I tie an Autumn Splendor.  Though for this fly I chose to use a straight eye hook, I believe most streamer hooks, size #2, #4, or #6 will work just fine.

I use lead wire to help weight this fly.  I suggest using size .020, .025, or .030 lead wire

Streamers like this Autumn Splendor, require strong thread that can 
 be wrapped tightly without breaking.  I prefer Waxed FlyMaster Plus.

This streamer pattern uses three sets of rubber legs.  
I used the product in the picture, but any rubber legs will do.

The tail of this fly is tied with brown and yellow marabou, both are pictured here.

The Hackle of this fly is tied with brown and yellow saddle hackles. I like to use Schlappen, or webby hackles for this streamer.

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 Step By Step Instructions: How to tie an Autumn Splendor

Start a strong hook with a cone
Wrap lead on the hook, snug it up to the cone
Use strong thread
Add a tail of marabou.  A clump of brown marabou, a clump of yellow marabou and another clump of brown marabou.
Tie in copper wire for the rib of the fly
Tie in a stretch of chenille for the body of the fly
Tie in two hackle feathers, tips first
Now add rubber legs and space them as you work forward
Here is a view from the top
Then, carefully wrap the chenille forward, weaving through the rubber legs.  You can use the chenille to change the position of the legs and set them just right.
Wrap the hackles over the chenille and through the legs
Finally, counter wrap the copper wire forward and tie off the fly with a few whip finishes.
Here is a top view

Here is a bottom view

Autumn Splendor Streamer Fly

The Autumn Splendor Streamer fly is a very good fly to use in the Fall and Spring for trout.  If you would like to experience some of the greatest trout fishing in the country, consider fly fishing in the Roaring Fork River Valley.  The Roaring Fork River and Colorado River are packed with fish and eager to eat streamer flies.  Go to for information and year round guiding on Colorado's greatest rivers.

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How to tie a Hair's Ear Nymph

This perfect little nymph is the imitation of every mayfly that ever lived. This fly can be tied big or small and colored to match the hatch. No trout in his right mind can let this tasty bite pass by!


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Materials List:

 I suggest using a strong hook for tying a Hair's Ear Nymph. I prefer the Tiemco 3761 for all my nymph flies.

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 Any dark thread will work for tying this nymph pattern. I suggest using a medium strength thread, like brown 3/0 or 6/0.

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 I like to use copper wire for ribbing on all of my nymphs. You can use any color rib for the Hair's Ear, I usually go with red, copper or gold. I also suggest using small or extra small wire.

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 I use Pheasant Tail for the tail and wing case of this Hair's Ear Nymph Pattern.

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The dubbing used for this fly is primarily made from a hair's mask and is thickened with a blend of died brown body hair. Hair's ear dubbing can be colored to match the hatch.

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Step By Step: How to tie a Hair's Ear Nymph

 Start a hook with dark thread
 Tie in a clump of pheasant for the tail, leave pheasant uncut
 Add copper wire for the rib
 Work a small amount of dubbing to the middle of the hook, for the abdomen of the fly
 Counter wrap the copper forward
 Now tie the uncut pheasant back for the wing case

 Build the thorax of the fly with a little bit of dubbing

 Pull the wing case forward and tie it off with a few whip finishes

Now go set the hook like crazy!

The rivers in Colorado are loaded with bugs that look like the Hair's Ear Nymph. Trout can't help themselves when they get the chance to eat this fly.  If you are interested in catching all kinds of fish with Hair's Ears, consider fly fishing around Aspen, CO.  Go to for info and top fishing guides to take you there.

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