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Pattern Wooly Bugger
Wooly Bugger
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Category Streamers
Entered Mon, 06 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 5262, 5263 or Daiichi 2220 #2-12 Weight: lead wire sized to hook, 6-12 turns Thread: Black 3/0 Monocord Tail: Black Marabou Flash: Black Holographic flashabou Rib: Small wire, color of choice Body: Medium olive chenille Hackle: Black rooster saddle
Pattern Description
Ah, the Wooly Bugger. It was quite a decision to make on where to list this fly. It could easily fit into the Stillwater spectrum, just as easily into the warmwater, even saltwater for that matter. It is considered a nymph by some, and rightfully so when fished dead-drift, and a streamer by many others. I guess I'll go with the streamer section here, just because I typically fish it as a streamer with a rapid retrieve. And because I'm the person writing this, I get to decide. The Bugger is one of the most versatile flies on the planet. It can imitate a leech, minnow, crawdad, stonefly nymph, cranefly larva, and probably a hundred other organisms that I can't think of right now. I most typically fish the Bugger as a streamer with a fast, jerking retrieve in rivers and with a slower, steady strip in lakes and ponds. I have had a good degree of success fishing the Bugger under an indicator with a dead drift on certain Wyoming tailwaters too. I like to weight all my Buggers, so they stay down in the water column, and will often add a tungsten bead or cone to their heads to add some more weight. There is nothing like tossing a Bugger from a drift boat at every likely looking pocket on the bank. Target shooting makes for an entertaining day, and the savage rips this fly produces make it hard to give up on if the fish show ANY interest at all. Trout seem to prefer the cover of an overcast or rainy day for their Bugger feasts, and this can be some of the best fishing to be had in the right conditions. Tie up a bunch of Buggers in every color you can think of. They will all work at one time or another. My favorites are all black, all brown, all olive, olive with a black tail and hackle, all ginger/tan and all white. The lighter colors seem to imitate young of the year trout and really pull fish in.