That was the original pattern, from back in the 1899;s when it was called a wooly worm. (I was very young then Ha! Ha!, My mother told me that when I was born, it took the doctor a half hour to scale me)I've always seen the worm with a small red tag tail, that's how I learned to tie it at least. Bugger with marabou tail of course. And typically the hackle on the worm is palmered so the fibers angle forwards instead of backwards.
You just don't know what a fish is going to like from one day to the other, unless you are another fish and then it's probably questionable!I like this thread. Lots of good information! I find that I go through a series of retrieve styles until I get a hit. Sometimes they want long slow strips, other times they want a fast escape strip, other times they'll only hit on a swing. Dead drifting a bugger during big stonefly/salmonfly hatches can be a killer too! Black buggers and leeches are a must have for my box.
You've got it! I usually do well with the basic top ten flies plus a few of my own. I do get flustered sometimes when I don't have the right stuff but the bugger is one I'll try last.You just don't know what a fish is going to like from one day to the other, unless you are another fish and then it's probably questionable!
Or crayfish. I like to tie mine in colors similar to molting crayfish and add rubber legs. Works great for smallmouth, carp, rock bass and crappie.It mimics leeches most closely, I suppose. But also can work like a small fish or insect, depending on how it's worked.
Yep, buggers in the browns/reds/rusts colors are killer patterns out here during the molt!Or crayfish. I like to tie mine in colors similar to molting crayfish and add rubber legs. Works great for smallmouth, carp, rock bass and crappie.
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This plays well into a common theme I see in a lot of discussions here. What makes a fly fishing attempt successful? Is it the fly or the presentation? People who have success fishing woolly buggers in so many different ways remind me of Tenkara anglers who will use a single fly with many different presentation styles. Both groups of anglers appear to back up the argument that success has more to do with presentation than the fly.
I don't know that the wooly requires less interface from the angler, but it is a forgiving fly. You can impart action into it, or not, throw it about anywhere and it will get you some fish if you use it often. I get a similar result with a partridge and whatever wet fly on clearer water.Does the wooly bugger require less manipulation by the person compared to other flies for an effective presentation? Is it the maribou, cheneille, flash, hackle, wire around hook shank or combination?
Ever switch out to a different fly like a soft hackle, other streamer, or teeny nymph when the bite is on? Always wanted to test this out myself but when catching fish I seem to forget.