Shlappen Woolley Bugger

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by ceviche, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    I caught a 16" rainbow out of Martha Lake (Warm Beach) on this pattern:

    size 8 hook
    Gold Bead head
    black size 6/0 thread
    Black Marabou tail
    gold fine tinsel
    Black shlappen hackle
    Olive chennille.

    Basically, tie this one up like a regular woolley bugger, but tie in the shlappen first by the tip and palmer forward. After that, palmer in the tinsel between the hackle to enhance the action provided by the shlappen.

    I fished this one in the shallows of Martha Lake around some submerged logs and scored a big fatty. At first I thought I snagged one of the logs, but, after two more knocks at the door, I knew I had a big visitor at the door. No jumps, but I felt like I was back at Dry Falls--except for the cold-assed water. This one gave up more of a struggle than those heat-exhausted desert trout, though.
  2. Jesse

    Jesse Member

    Have you tried palmering the fly by laying the feather flat against the chenille body? As the feather quill sinks into the chenille the barbules are deflected up on both sides of the quill in a "V" shape. I normally don't do this, but it does give a different effect. Thanks for sharing. :BIGSMILE
  3. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

    No, I've never tried to flat palmer the hackle. How have the final arbiters, the fish, have judged this style. With woolley buggers in general, I do like to wrap tinsel between the hackle to enhance the visual presence of the hackle's action. My belief is that the movement of the hackle is better seen when backed by the tinsel. I got this idea from an Italian website that I stumbled upon a year or so ago. The fish have responded well to this. Also, the use of shlappen I got from a post by Tyler Laurenti.