Dry Woolly

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Origin/Related Story

Jerry Kneipman and Bill Leslie of the Ozark Fly Fishers were fishing this fly between chutes 1 and 2 at the Tanycomo Outing of 2009 and between 12 and 7 pm it is reported that they took over 100 fish. They tried other patterns and sizes and only this fly in size 18 worked. They said their arms were sore and quit because they were just too tired to continue. Some story, you will have to check it out with them.

The Dry wooly is one of the flies that can be associated with the Crackle Back. A fly that was invented and tied by the famous Ed Story, founder of Feather-Craft a local St. Louis Fly shop and supply for primarily fly fishing but everything out doors related. The pattern first appeared in his fly manual from the early 1980s. In the text he explained how he developed the fished his "Crackle Back" in the early 1950s


Hooks:TMC 100 size 10 - 20
Thread:Red Uni-thread 8/0 or equivalent
Carapace:Peacock Herl
Hackle:India Furnace saddle hackle, or Furnace neck for smaller sizes
Body:Red or other color Flashabou

Tying Instructions

  1. Lay down a uniform thread base
  2. Attach hackle, shinny side up, by the butt and then Flashabou.
  3. Wind Flashabou to front and stop one hook eye back.
  4. Palmer hackle sparsely to front, whip finish and cement. It's that simple.


This fly has as many variations as there are colors of flashabou. Any color of flashabou can be substituted for the red in this pattern. Several favorites are green flashabou (Green Ghost), black flashabou and gold flashabou.

Fishing techniques

This is a very popular fly that can be fished dry, wet, skipped, just under the surface or any combination. All methods are effective and it is a go to fly for many fishermen. One favorite technique is to cast the fly quartering down stream and fished dry. Once the fly has reached the end of the float, pull the fly into the surface film and strip the fly in the film.