Re: Wooly Bugger questions
I'm not a fan of lead wire along the whole length of the hook. I think it inhibits fly action. I prefer the weight up front so it responds more like a spinning rod jig with a bit of up and down action if retrieved in short strips. This lets you get the most out of your marabou (which I tie longer than normal for this reason, though there is a fouling risk). You get this kind of fluttering up and down motion. I like treating it like a clouser and tying in a couple of lead eyes, or using a heavy bead, or just wrapping the lead forward in a double layer, or single depending on current, rather than wrapping it evenly over the whole body. Palmering peacock herl or flash through the chenille rather than hackle, and using marabou for the collar (obviously using the feather stem) also work. Though I tie mine for bass and bluegill, not trout.