09-30-2013, 03:24 AM
Re: Wooly Bugger questions
Here's some of what I taught myself for this pattern:
I wanted some really heavy buggers for deep fast water, so I tied them with fat, heavy lead wire most of the length of the hook.
I also made really fat, bushy tails by tying bunches of marabou to the top, sides and bottom of the hook.
Both of these methods left me with skinny gaps between tail tie-ins and the lead and where the lead ended and the hook eye/bead/lead eyes/cones. I wasn't willing to use tying thread to fill these gaps, so I used dental floss. Available in different thicknesses it works really well. Used over lead wire to smooth out the fly body, then given a shot of super glue, it really helps hold the fly together as it bangs along the bottom. When I used to tie and fish these more, I'd tie each color combination indifferent sizes and weights and arrange them in the fly box by weight.
The fatter bodies (from the floss) would require the use of thinner chenille. Or stay with the large and make a really fat fly.
Short bites taught me tie shorter tails.
If you want a heavy bugger to fish near the bottom, but don't want hang ups, tie it hook point up-but forget about C&R 'cause they can really injure fish.
"Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey
Last edited by JoJer; 09-30-2013 at 03:25 AM.
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