Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Text and Photos by Andrew Susani and Andrew Wheeler

Hook #4 - #10 Standard Wet Fly Hook (Kamasan B170 pictured)
Thread 6/0 black
Body Medium Chenille
Tail Fox or Squirrel Tail
Hackle Saddle hackle

Tying Procedure

1. Start the thread at the bend of the hook.
2. Tie in a bunch of fox or squirrel tail. I like to tie the tag ends down for the whole length of the hook shank so that there is an even base for the body to be built on.
3. Tie in a length of chenille at the bend of the hook. Red is the traditional colour, but greens and black have also been used.
4. Wind the chenille up to halfway along the hook shank and tie it down.
5. Tie in a saddle feather by the butt at this point. The traditional uses a black feather, but I think purple is just as good if not better. Grizzly feathers also give a good effect, so don't restrict yourself to one colour.
6. Wind the hackle around the shank and OVER the chenille tag end 3 times and tie it down. It is important that the chenille is on the front side of the hackle, not behind it. Trim the feather and take the thread up to the eye of the hook.
7. Take the chenille and wind it so the first turn pushes the wound hackle backwards slightly. Continue winding the chenille forward and tie it off about 2-3mm from the hook eye. It is vital that you leave a bit of space behind the hook eye to tie in the next hackle and also to make a head for the fly.
8. Tie in the saddle feather by the butt again and wind it around the shank 3 times, as done previously. Tie off the hackle and trim.
9. Build up a small head, whip finish, varnish the head and the fly is complete.