Green Weenie Fly-Tying Instructions

Green Weenie Fly-Tying Instructions
Introduced in Pennsylvania, the Green Weenie was first tied by Ken Igo and Russ Mowry in the 1950s. Anglers have long been using this fly to catch brown river trout and salmon. There are several variations of the Green Weenie fly, but the original version is simple and has become the favorite of many anglers because of the results it has produced. Tying a Green Weenie fly is simple.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dry hook size 12 or 14
  • Lead wire
  • 3/0 waxed mono-cord green thread
  • Green chenille
  • Gold bead
  • Head cement
Step 1
Slide the gold bead onto the hook and press it against the eye.
Step 2
Wrap a layer of lead wire starting behind the bead and ending just as the hook begins to curve.
Step 3
Lay a base of thread directly over the lead wire, starting behind the bead and ending at the curve of the hook.
Step 4
Press one end of the green chenille against the hook shaft right before the curve. Position the chenille so the free end is pointing behind the hook. Tie it into place with the thread.
Step 5
Create a 1/2-inch loop in the chenille by folding it so it is pointing toward the eye and then twisting it once. Tie the twisted part off so the loop creates a tail protruding from the back of the hook.
Step 6
Wrap the thread around the body once again to just behind the head and then tie it off.
Step 7
Wind the chenille around the shaft to create the body of the fly; wrap it all the way up to the bead. Tie the chenille into place with the thread, whip-finish and apply head cement to hold the knots in place.

Tips & Warnings

Omit the lead wire if you don't feel you need the added weight to sink your fly.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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