Dumb Eye Bugger – Wooly Bugger trout streamer with dumbbell eyes

Dumb Eye Bugger – Wooly Bugger trout streamer with dumbbell eyes


A Wooly Bugger is probably one of the most
popular streamer flies ever produced. This version has a dumbbell eye to add a bit
of jigging action and some weight. For a hook use a size 8-14, 3x or 4x long
shanked hook like this size 10 Daichi 1750 Start a fine to medium thread near the eye
of the hook. This Ultra thread 70 denier works well.
Bring the thread to about a quarter the way down the hook shank and snip off the tag end.
Then build up a little base to put the dumbbell on. For more information on attaching dumbbell
eyes, click the dumbbell link at the top of the video
or in the description section. Always add a drop of super glue to keep the
eyes from spinning. Now measure out a marabou quill to about the
length of the hook shank. Then switch hands at that measurement, tie
the marabou in at the base of the hook with some tight wraps and clip off the extra marabou
Then make a few wraps to flatten out the marabou. Now we will take a few strands of krystal
flash, and tie them in on the side of the marabou.
Then pull the tag ends around and tie them in on the other side of the marabou and cut
off the extra to about the same length as the marabou tail. Now we are going to tie in some fine wire,
And also some chenille, then bring your thread to the front of the hook.
Now we will wrap the chenille up the hook shank until we reach the dumbbell eyes.
Once at the dumbbell eyes we will make x wraps around the eyes and then capture the chenille.
Cut off the tag end of the chenille and clean up the head of the fly a bit with some wraps. As you can see the chenille sorta makes a
head around the dumbbell eyes. Now we will measure out a bugger hackle feather
to the right length of fibres. Then prepare the hackle.
To see how to prepare hackle, click the hackle link at the top of the video or in the description
section. Tie in the hackle, and make 2 wraps around
the hook shank, then make a set of x wraps around the dumbbell eyes.
Now proceed to palmer the hackle down the hook shank until you reach the end of the
chenille. Then take the wire and start wrapping it the
oposite direction up the hook shank. Make sure and wiggle the wire while wrapping
in order to trap less hackle fibers. capture the wire at the head of the fly and
wrap on both sides of the wire. Then you can simply helicopter the wire off. Make a few wraps to cover up the wire and
smooth out the head of the fly. Then you can whip finish your fly. Trim off any trapped fibers if necessary. For the last step, you can add some head cement
or super glue. But I like to add a UV curing resin made by
Solarez called bone dry. It cures really quickly, and super hard.
I find that the fly is a bit more durable when using bone dry. Clip off the extra hackle, and the fly is
finished. As you can see, this fly moves a bit differently
in the water than a normal wooly bugger. And it also swims upside down so it tends
to be a bit more snag resistant. Hey, thanks for watching!
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8 thoughts on “Dumb Eye Bugger – Wooly Bugger trout streamer with dumbbell eyes

  1. Great video,very professional.I live in south Louisiana in the New Orleans area.Do you think these flies would work in the bayou's? We have bream,Sac-Au- Lait (French for Crappie) and green trout(Bass).I just started tying flies about 2 month's ago.
    Thanks
    Charlie Mutter

  2. This is just what I've been looking for. I like the action of a wooly bugger but I like it to ride hook point up. I wonder if it would work without the hackle?

  3. For someone who doesn’t tie flies where could I purchase a few of these? I think they would work great in the stocked streams of Iowa where I live?

  4. flies should be made like this-simple and rugged. Unlike the others where they make it too detailed and complicated. for me, fish in the water don't appreciate at all the details and they are more attracted to the movement of the flies. I doubt whether they gonna use the flies for fishing or just simply for display 🙂 good job bro

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