Tying the Glass-Bead Wooly Bugger Trout Lake Fly

Jay Nicholas Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 1.01.10 PM

This is one of my most favorite wet flies to fish for trout in lakes and for sea run cutthroat in the river and estuary. If you are an intermediate or advanced tyer you need not watch this video—just open your mind to the possibility of using glass beads instead of brass and tungsten, because these flies sink more slowly and sometimes that can be the ticket to success when fishing shallow feeding fish or in shallow water where a heavier fly will hang up on the bottom.


Hook: TMC 5252 or 5263 in sizes 8-14 (I prefer a #12 most of the time)
Thread: your choice but I’m liking Veevus black or red in 10/0 these days
Rib: Copper wire
Dubbing: I use a mixture that includes some Ice Dub to yield a brown over all effect
Tail: Brown wooly bugger marabou
hackle: Brown dyed grizzly
Bead: Glass in orange or red size large
Cement: Hard as Hull Penetrator

I know this is not rocket science, but this is really a favorite fly and I hope you enjoy fishing it.

Jay Nicholas
Spring Season 2017

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One Response to Tying the Glass-Bead Wooly Bugger Trout Lake Fly

  1. Is there any way I can buy some flies from you?

    I am down to one fly left of a pattern that is extremely productive for Lake Erie steelhead. Its basically a Bead-Head Olive Wooly Bugger, but it uses what I measured is a 6mm diameter trout bead. I have a good photo I could send you.

    I am an intermediate tier, but I can’t get my trout beads to go around the bend of the hook…not even close.

    I would buy by the dozen….

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