Fly Tying the Chartreuse Woolly Bugger
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:
- A size 10 nymph hook, 2x shank.
- Silicon fly tying tails.
- Chartreuse neck hackle.
- Chartreuse or lime green wool yarn (fingerling size)
- Chartreuse thread, 6/0.
- 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.