Originally Posted by plland
As my signature would suggest, the black woolly bugger. I tie mine especially thin-bodied. Sometimes I tie one with peacock herl instead of black chennile and a brown marabou tail.
Try making the body with wrapped flashabou. This makes the body VERY slender and adds a nice effect. Of course you'll have to overwrap the hackle with wire to keep it in place. It also helps to tie the Marabou in along almost the entire hook shank so that you've got a more consistent and larger cylinder to wrap the flashabou around. Blue flashabou with black tail and hackle does VERY well down deep. Other winners are chartreuse flash with olive, holographic silver with gray, and holo gold with tan. I generally tie them with beads or cones.
Steps: (in case it sounds weird)
1- put bead/cone on the hook, mount hook in vise
2- start thread and tie in marabou tail, wrapping along hook shank, leaving 1/8" of space for tying off behind bead/cone
3- tie in wire
4- cut off 6 or 8 strands of flashabou (full length) align tips with end of tail and tie in half on either side. (its generally easiest to tie in all strands on top near the middle of the shank, then arrange them on sides of tail, hold them in place with the left hand, and make wraps to the bend)
5- pull the long ends past the tail and make thread wraps to tie them down all the way to the tail, then advance the thread back to the bead.
6- wrap the flash around the shank, progressing to the bead, and tie off
7- prep a hackle and tie in at the stem, then wrap overhand to where the wire is tied in
8- move the hackle tip to your left hand and wrap the wire overhand to the bead (making sure its crossing the hackle stem while wrapping)
9- Tie off wire, snap off excess with a tug, whip finish and cement