Before Christmas I picked up some wool from a craft store for tying purposes. I tried out some wool head minnows and failed miserably. I then got to thinking that the woolly bugger formulas I've seen have always been marabou-chenille-hackle. The bugger is super simple to tie as it was but I was getting bored making three new replacements of the same recipe every time I went fishing and lost them. Therefore, I made the woolliest bugger. I think it looks more buggy than the hackle variety and you have the option of making it more or less buggish. I think the wool came to around 2 bucks beating the cost of chenille and hackle by a large margin. I only saw the monotone package but it will make white, grey, or white buggers AKA 90% of the colors you'll need.
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...but in case you can't figure it out on your own: omit chenille and hackle, tie in a long strand of wool, wrap around the hook shank, whip finish, cement, dub brush it out, trim the stragglers and boom.
The fly box was a Christmas gift and it's pretty awesome for medium flies. You could fit four woolliest buggers in each compartment and stick larger flies or drying flies on the sticky pad opposite the compartment. The only drawback of my box is it doesn't close very tight, but even if it opens the boxes are still securely shut.
I also received a Finsport fly wallet for my larger flies which I love as well. It comes with twelve small pockets and six large pockets and will take additional bags if you buy them.