Wooly Bugger color question

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  1. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Tie on two, see which one works best
     
  2. Brad Niemeyer

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    Remember the woolly bugger is often taken as a crayfish, so I've always done well with olive over orange body with olive over orange marabou for the tail. Wrap the body with orange chenille, leave a second olive bit of chenille at the tie in site then pull forward over the body for the two-toned effect. Palmer olive hackle over that.....Deadly for browns and bass.

    Brown raffia is also a good thing for the pull over tone, looks like a carapace shell.
     
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    Brad: You got a pic of the two toned?
     
  4. triploidjunkie

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    I've been tying alot of articulated woolly buggers of late. Same exact fly, but the marabou tail is on a stinger hook that imparts a swimming motion to the fly when retrieved. Only takes about a minute longer than the original woolly bugger.
     
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    I like that idea. I always worry that in stillwater the 2nd (tail) section will fall/hinge down because the front section is being held up by the leader. I'm thinking here of the pause or the drifting--not so much an issue on a strip or under tension. Anyway, do you ever notice this or have any issues with it?
     
  6. Brad Niemeyer

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    Sorry about the record late reply. This is a standard pattern in my lake box, accounting for several large bass. Slightly smaller in orange/brown its in the river/stream trout box.

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    Its alot faster to tie than my other crayfish pattern;)
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    Both patterns work so well I don't know why more anglers don't fish crayfish patterns
     
  7. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    I use a wooley bugger with a black & silver mylar tail and a white body with black hackle in size 8 to imitate a shiner minnow on a lake near omak with great success
     
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    sounds awesome what color thread and size hook?
     
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    lot of truth to that,
    because look how everyone one here is spitting out different combos and colors and the all seam to work.
     
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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Whatever color/combination you have confidence in will work. The first bulltrout & steelhead I ever caught on a fly was on an olive woolybugger,within 20 minutes of each other, fishing from the exact same spot. I was highly partial to olive for a long time after that day. LOL!
    Best of luck with whatever you tie.

    LB
     
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    It's hard to beat black, brown and olive (and sometimes a very dark purple).
     
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    Any fly is good
    as long as it's black

    -The Ghillies
    and John Farrar
     
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    The uglier and buggier the wooly bugger the better is what I always say. Years ago I started blending three or four differnet colors of dubbing for the body instead of Chineal and got amazing results, pick out the dubbing so it looks leggy and moves in the water. Same goes for the tail, I use dark olive, light olive and black marabou, layered. I also add some finely cut flash to the dubbing mix and it really gets them interested. Give it a try sometime.
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    One of my favorite buggers is a black tail, olive body with black hackle and a bead. White is as bright as I get, I tied a few buggers of more vibrant colors and I didn't find much success with them. YMMV, but I was targeting trout, not steelhead. Recently I discovered leach yarn as an alternative to hackle, killer stuff. You can use estaz as the body and then skip the hackle all together. Tie some up with contrasting colors and tie some up in monotone. One thing about buggers is that you really can't go wrong at least not from my experiences.
     
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    2 things that were not mentioned that do work for me. 1. run 2 strands of kristal flash down each side thru the tail, 2.run 4-6 strands of peacock down the top thru the tail. i feel they do help catch more fish. try it,hold on and good luck. mike w