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    I want to tie a wolly bugger and i was wondering if vernille is a good replacement for it(chenille) since the kit that i bought did not come with it?

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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    Vernille is microchenille. It can be used as a substitute. It will make a tighter body than standard chenille.

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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    Anything will work, yarn, dubbing, basically anything of the color you want that will wind around a hook. Just make sure the material is not overly buoyant.

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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    You could try a dubbing loop.

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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    Hi morphius,

    For sub-surface flies I like to use wool. You can go to a sewing store or Walmart and find many different kinds of material there that is made from wool. Most have multiple strands woven together and you can unwrap them to the size you want. Wool will soak up water and helps to sink the fly.

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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJer View Post
    You could try a dubbing loop.
    I agree with JoJer. Most of my tailwater flies are in the 20's and chenille is just too large. Dubbing works better for them and keeps the size down.
    Last edited by Fly2Fish; 12-29-2009 at 11:37 PM. Reason: grammatical
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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    Vernille for small buggers or if you want a really thin body--

    As others have said wool makes great body, and can be found inexpensively.

    Dubbing works too, especially on smaller buggers

    More alternatives:

    peacock herl use however many strands to get the thickness you want, tie down to rear, twist them together to make a rope and wind forward.

    Marabou-- left over piece from tail, before you trim it, twist it as you might peacock herl and wind forward as body (this is also a good way to make damsel and dragonfly nymphs using just olive marabou and some ribbing on a size 10 hook)
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    Default Re: replacement for chenille?

    Quote Originally Posted by peregrines View Post

    Marabou-- left over piece from tail, before you trim it, twist it as you might peacock herl and wind forward as body (this is also a good way to make damsel and dragonfly nymphs using just olive marabou and some ribbing on a size 10 hook)
    I've been tying my buggers with the marabou stems for several years now. I
    can't remember how it started, but it sure works well. Body taper is much
    better than with chenille, as the stems get thicker as you move away from the tail.

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