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Fly Tying the Chartreuse Woolly Bugger

Updated on December 25, 2015

Background of the Fly

Chartreuse is one of the standard fish attracting colors. This wet fly is chartreuse throughout. Originally I tied it with the entire silicon tail, but found it far too heavy and wind resistant to cast with a 3wt fly rod. Ultimately I tied it with just a small segment of tail. I also used to tie it with chartreuse chenille, but more recently have replaced the chenille with lime-green, 100% wool yarn. The wool yarn allows better build-up of the body resulting in a more natural body taper. The yarn is also a blend of fiber colors giving the chartreuse more variation.

Tying the Fly

To tie this fly, you will need the following materials:

  1. A size 10 nymph hook, 2x shank.
  2. Silicon fly tying tails.
  3. Chartreuse neck hackle.
  4. Chartreuse or lime green wool yarn (fingerling size)
  5. Chartreuse thread, 6/0.
  6. Clear nail polish.

The attached video goes into detail on how to tie the fly. It is a simple and quick tie. Cutting a taper "V" in the tail to tie it on the hook makes it easier to attach to the hook. It also minimizes material build-up.

Fishing the Fly

This fly is always in my fly box when fishing for bluegills. It is a terrific still-water fly. I typically tie on a heavier tippet to help sink the fly. It has a slow sink rate. It seems to be most effective about 1-2 feet depth in the water column - which means you can fish it with a floating fly line. Fish tend to strike at it during the pauses when stripping it in. The long hackle barbs flow nicely back when retrieving and spline out when pausing - giving realistic movement. This fly tends to be more successful in cloudy and tannic water than clear.


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