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Woolly Worm

The original Woolly Worm pattern is said to have originated in the Ozarks as a bass fly. Its real popularity, however, came when Don Martinez, a West Yellowstone, Montana fly tier, commercialized the pattern in the 1950s. It is usually the first pattern taught to fly-tying beginners because it takes View more...
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Woolly Worm
List of materials
MATERIALSHook: Mustad 9671, sizes #6 to #16.Thread: black.Weighing (optional): lead wire.Tail: red floss strap.Body: black and red chenille.Sides: pearled flashabou strips.Hackle: black rooster saddle feather.
Steps

Step 1

Wrap the lead wire along the hook shank leaving some space at the back and next to the hook eye.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 1

Step 2

Tie the red floss strap from where the lead wire ends and up to the hook barb.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 2

Step 3

Tie a black rooster feather. Its length should be 1 ½ of the hook gape.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 3

Step 4

Tie the black chenille right where the feather was tied.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 4

Step 5

Wrap the black chenille along the hook shank to cover 2/3 of its length.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 5

Step 6

Tie some pearl flashabou strips on each side and at the back.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 6

Step 7

Tie the red chenille right where the flashabou was tied.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 7

Step 8

Wrap the red chenille almost up to the hook eye.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 8

Step 9

Take the side flashabou strips to the front and tie these next to the hook eye.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 9

Step 10

Wrap the rooster feather in a Palmer style along the body of the fly and tie next to the hook eye. Whip finish and cemment.

Fly tying - Woolly Worm - Step 10
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