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

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    Feb 2005
    South Texas

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    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"

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    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
    46.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot,the rest are guessed at.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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,
    "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after"
    Henry David Thoreau

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    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.

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    Jan 2007
    Central Florida

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    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.


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    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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