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Ward's Micro Woolhead Sunfish

tied by Pujic
Fly Type: General Freshwater,
Target Species: Freshwater Bass,
Imitation: General Baitfish,
Material List:
Hook: Kamasan B984, size #4
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tail: Orange, chartreuse and olive green marabou.
Collar: Grizzly chartreuse hackle.
Head: Dark olive wool on top, with light yellow wool underneath, stacked and trimmed to shape.
Eyes: Small gold 3D eyes.

Tying Instructions: 1. Secure a size 4 Kamasan B984, wide gap specialist hook or equivalent in the vise.

2. Tie in a short orange marabou tail. The length of the tail should slightly exceed the length of the hook shank, prior to the bend. Trim the excess.

3. Tie in a chartreuse marabou feather, equal in length as the previous orange layer, on top of the first layer. Trim the excess.

4. Finish the tail by tying in a 3rd, olive layer of marabou. A few strands of olive or chartreuse Krystal Flash can be added at the tyer's discretion.

5. Select a grizzly chartreuse hackle with short, webby fibers and tie it in at the base of the tail.

6. Wrap the hackle forward to create the collar. Leave about two thirds to one half of the hook shank uncluttered for the wool head. Trim the excess.

7. Prepare a small clump of ram's wool by combing it with a fine brush to get rid of the guard hairs. The diameter of the clump of wool should be similar to the diameter of a regular pencil.

8. Tie in the clump of dark olive wool on top of the hook shank. Pay attention not to spin the wool like on most traditional woolhead flies. Instead treat the wool as if stacking deer hair.

9. Add another dark olive clump to the top and a light yellow clump to the bottom using the same technique as shown in steps 7 & 8.

10. Continue the process until you reach the eye of the hook. Form a small thread head, whip finish and apply head cement. Remember: The ratio of dark wool to light wool should be 2:1, and do not allow the wool to spin around the shank.

11. Start trimming the now unrecognizable mess of wool with a pair of curved scissors. The head can vary in shape although a bullet style tends to work best. Another alternative is to trim the head broad (from the side view) and flat (from the front view).

12. The end result should be a small head composing about one half to two thirds of the shank. Be careful not to leave the wool too long below the shank which will result in a reduction of the hook gape.

13. Apply some self-adhering 3D eyes and hang on. Just about every warm water species can be taken on micro woolheads as they can be tied in any color combination.

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