Originally Posted by yatahey
All of the above advice is stellar. The only thing I would add is use a short stout leader. About 3' of 8-10# test works best for me.
Yat hit it on the head for me. I lost lots of fish because of how hard they hit a wooly..
I had a mental issue with Wooly's for the longest of times. I would get hits and wouldn't get fish on. I started varing my retrieval and focused on an accordian set.
Lastly, my catch rate went up fishing doubles with Wooly-Wooly or Wooly-CrackleBack or Wooly-Small Muddler or Beadhead Wooly - Nobead head... This was hard at first to not get tangles but roll cast or plop cast up stream and use the techniques others have said for the mending and fishing the swing and then strip back the doubles or use the stream to load up your rod for the next upstream roll cast.