I should also start by saying that in my opinion, very few flies out there are truly original. Most are inspired by other patterns, with an added step or two, and a different, catchy name. This woolly bugger is no different.
I used to spend a lot of time tying flies in the attic of a local fly shop that is no longer in business. In that attic I watched a few guys who were far better tyers than I crank out a lot of bugs to fill their boxes. One night up there, after a bunch of Budweisers (and possibly some bourbon), a white woolly bugger tied with blue flashbou, pearl body brite, and a mallard flank collar came off someone's vice. Just about every bugger I've tied for steelhead since then has been some variation of that original pattern.
|The Mohawk Bugger|
Bead: 5/32 Gold
Threat: Red Uni 6/0
Body: Ice Dubbing and Palmered Body Brite
Wing: Chartreuse and Blue Senyo's Laser Dub
Collar: Saddle Hackle
Step 1 - Getting started: Thread bead on hook, lay down thread base, and tie in marabou tail.
Step 2 - Creating the body: Tie in section of pearl Body Brite, dub the length of the hook with pearl ice dubbing. Palmer body material forward stopping just short of the bead.
Step 3 - the "mohawk": Tie in a clump of chartreuse and blue dubbing and secure. Push dubbing toward the bend of the hook so that it lies like the picture above.
Step 4 - the collar: Tie in a saddle hackle, wrap a few times, and secure. Whip finish, then fish.
This fly fishes well in a variety of water conditions, and is best when dead drifted under an indicator. At the end of your drift allow the fly to swing briefly at the end of your drift. As the fly swings upward off the bottom it can trigger a feeding response from steelhead which results in some incredible strikes. For swinging or fishing the beaches, consider upsizing the fly.
Any questions on this fly or the step-by-step tutorial can be directed to Brett McCrae who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .