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Old 10-04-2013, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

Planet: That seal bugger appears as though it would be prone to fouling given the longer length of the marabou tail.

I fish streamers more than any other pattern in both FW and SW and get totally irate with fouling patterns!!! I refuse to tolerate even occasional fouling .

I won't even tolerate trimming tails on the water!

What's your experience with that longer tail?
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

Fish it any way that you can think of. I have caught fish on them while I wasn't fishing them, with the rod tucked under my arm putting on mosquito spray or talking on the walkie with my fishing buddy about when we were going to eat lunch. Maybe the question should be:

How don't you fish a wooly bugger?
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

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Fish it any way that you can think of. I have caught fish on them while I wasn't fishing them, with the rod tucked under my arm putting on mosquito spray or talking on the walkie with my fishing buddy about when we were going to eat lunch. Maybe the question should be:

How don't you fish a wooly bugger?
Or how do you spell it.

As mentioned briefly above, a Wooly also works as a jig.
I fish them in deep plunge pools (fast water) with a split shot. Sometimes it takes a pretty big weight; other times just tiny one. Usually I try the split shot close to the fly, because it's easier to work. But I try it 6-8" up the line if at first I don't succeed.

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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

I've had really good luck fishing Woolly Buggers with a Zebra Midge tied on. I call it the depth charge. The article linked also provides some good info.

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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

I dont think there is a wrong way to fish a Bugger other than leaving it in your fly box!
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

Woolley Buggers get thrown up and then I let her slide down stream keeping the line tight. I will then strip the fly in a various twitch/strength/speeds. I also like to dead drift Woolley Buggers. The maribou gives the fly tons of life and a pulsating motion.

I like to throw hoopers so they land hard and then drift them downstream with a couple twitches. I have also had success with larger fish taking a drowned hopper on the drift.

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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

3 methods have worked for me, listed in order of most to least productive:

1. Across or down/across, throw out some line to give the bugger time to drop, follow it with rod tip facing down toward water, just as line starts to tighten up start a retrieve. Vary the speed of the strips and length and find what works. Trout around here will follow the fly down and usually take it on the up strip.

2. Cast up stream, maybe even with a small weight 6-10" above it with indicator above that, basically drifting it like a nymph. I've even cut the tails off and had better success on high water stained days this way.

3. Casting up stream and ripping it down faster than the water speed. I get a lot of chases with this method but fewer hookups than the ones above.

It's such a versatile fly that you can't go wrong at least trying it.

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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

i dont think there is a wrong way as long as it is moving
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

A definite "go to" on stillwaters, but rivers is straight out and strip back upstream after it has run it's course.
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Default Re: How do you fish a wolly booger?

Has anyone tried tieing two wolly buggers on the same tippet to increase your chances ?
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