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burns 11-02-2007 01:13 PM

Wooly Worms
Has anyone here had success with Wooly Worms? They look simple enoguh to tie.

BigCliff 11-02-2007 02:33 PM

Re: Wooly Worms
Come to think of it, they do look quite a bit like the web worms that are still pretty widespread in TX trees. Wonder if fish find those tasty?

I've never caught anything on a wooly worm before, but I've been meaning to give them a try.

I caught some greenies on a sloppily tied one of these last night- "Tom Thumb - #247 FAOL"

troutbum 11-02-2007 02:47 PM

Re: Wooly Worms
Yes!!Wolly Worms are fantastic searching patterns.I tie all of mine with cone heads or beads.I find red and dark maroon ones most effective.
Tight Lines

Fishplease 11-02-2007 07:43 PM

Re: Wooly Worms
Oh yes, they work for everything! I bought some yellow with red hackled and silver wire, they actually float for a few seconds first. Which can look like a caterpillar floating, then sinking! And depending on where you live, the right colors can be deadly. Like here, we get monarch's that make nests on trees overhanging water, which drop caterpillars right into the water and are usually black with yellow patches.

Silver Doc 11-04-2007 07:08 PM

Re: Wooly Worms
I found them to be effective on big streams and also on small streams here in PA when the water is high, cloudy and early winter. Usually a black or green wooly works. Frank

burns 11-05-2007 07:22 AM

Re: Wooly Worms
Great! I'm going to throw a few together and give them a try. Since I'm right on the PA border I'll start with black and green, and I'll do a dark maroon one too.

Piscator 11-05-2007 04:56 PM

Re: Wooly Worms
I've had some success with a Wooly Worm in some Texas Tanks with bream and crappie. I've never had any luck with them trying to catch trout. I prefer a cousin on the Wooly Worm known as the Crackleback for trout. I feel that it mimics more than one form of aquatic life: worm, midges, even emergers of mayflies and caddis. I fish is as a dry fly and at the end or the drift I strip it in. It catches fish pretty consistantly with both methods. This of course is just my opinion. Very easy to tie as well. Here is a link to the pattern:

OzarkAnglers.Com -Crackleback

I hope this helps.
Tight Lines,

fyshstykr 12-06-2007 12:39 AM

Re: Wooly Worms
Wooly Worms are an old favorite, use them often for night fishing on the lakes around here in olive, black, brown, and halloween with a grizz hackle
They work well at ice out also.

Panfish and bass will also eat Wooly's.

Frank Whiton 12-06-2007 08:07 AM

Re: Wooly Worms
Hi Burns,

The Wooly Worm was very popular back in the old days. Then the Wooly Bugger came along and the Wooly Worm got forgotten. The very first fly that I tied and fished with was a Wooly Worm. It is an easy fly to tie. I like Grizz hackle with a red wool butt and peacock pulled over the back. My best Grayling fly was a Wooly Worm with a gray body tied as above and weighted.


fyshstykr 12-06-2007 09:09 AM

Re: Wooly Worms
I like that color combination with the herl Frank, and I will be honest in saying I have never even thought of adding weight to one(not sure why I havn't) but makes good sense.

I was thinking about the Wooly Worm and remembered that it was and probably still is the go to fly for the big Lahontan Cutthroat in Pyramid Lake, seems like they were popular in olive and purple crystal chenille. Been 15 yrs since I've been there.

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