What material do you use for your woolly buggers. ultra chenelle? chenelle? estaz? estaz metalique? I tried ice chenelle but it has 0 durabilty and the a lot of it fell off as i was tying leaving a white string.
All depends on the finished look you want. Chenelle is probably the most common. Rickard uses seal. Simi-seal works great in a dubbing loop. Estaz makes a great body without any hackle. You must have got some bad ice chenelle, mine has worked great.
You can use anything that you want for the body of a woolly bugger. I usually use chenille or some sort of dubbing. Antron dubbing works great. I will usually pick out some of the dubbing after I have palmered the hackle to give the fly a buggier look. I don't like using antron yarn for the body, I just don't like the way that it looks.
The trick I use with materials like ice chenille is to get twice the amount I need, double it over itself, tie in both ends, and then twist it into a tight rope with something like your hackle pliers before winding it on as the body (much like making a dubbing loop but the "dubbing" is the material already on the string). This traps in all the little plastic "fingers" and makes it quite durable.