The Woolly Worm

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by PatrickH, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    There isn't a thing wrong with your Wooly Worm. Good work! That fly will catch fishermen...which are one hell of a lot more critical than fish.

    I think it's important to remember that when a flyfisherman says he used to catch a lot of fish on a fly it only means he got interested in tying other patterns...not that the fly stopped producing. The Wooly Worm is a timeless classic that will consistently catch fish.

    Finally, there is no 'perfect' on a pattern...like beer, it's a matter of taste. Flytying ain't the Westminster Dog Show, though some folks would like to pretend otherwise.
     
  2. generic

    generic Active Member

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    That thing looks like crap!

    Whatever you tied up, just send them to me and I will be doing you a favor by getting rid of them. Can't even believe you would post a picture of that. How embarrassing!

    I'll PM you my address. I have a trip planned...er, um I mean, uh... I know of a place that I can "burn them up". :D
     
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  3. PatrickH

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    hahaha ;)
     
  4. Speyrod GB

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    Used to be one of my favorite flies. Carried them in several colors. Great sea run fly.
     
  5. troutpocket

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    That same pattern on a #6 hook with a lead underbody and grizzly hackle is a staple for carp fishing in eastern WA.
     
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  6. Olive bugger

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    I like your tie. I tie mine with a red wool tail. Don't know why, just the way I learned. This fly has saved the day for me on several occasions. This and the Wooly Bugger.

    Different colors work well also. I like Olive. Brown and Black,
     
  7. John Weston

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    woolly buggers are my fav. haven't tied a woolly worm yet but I wiil now.
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  8. GAT

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    I too was taught to tie the Woolly Worm with a red yarn tail. Evidently that is the traditional material.

    I've always wondered why the WB is called a Woolly Bugger. What's up with that? Why "bugger"????

    Really, all it is is a Woolly Worm with a marabou tail. I believe the WB was first tied and used in Alaska but I'm not sure about that. It may be one of those patterns that has no specific beginning but came from modifying a proven pattern, such as the Woolly Worm.
     
  9. Olive bugger

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    I thunked it came from down under. Either New Zealand or the land of OZ. I guess it really doesn't matter.
     
  10. Brian Thomas

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    Russel Blessing , from Harrisburg Penn.
    http://www.flyrodreel.com/node/16096
     
  11. John Weston

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    ok, heres the story on the woolly bugger. it was first tied by Russell Blessing in 1967 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by tieing a marabou tail to a woolly worm and that's how it came to life.
    I ran across it in 1973 in Medford,Or. tied one and caught a 10lb. steelhead. I also caught a lot of trout with them. the steel was on a chartreuse one. trout was on different colors. the WB has been my fav ever since.
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  12. Olive bugger

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    THANKS FOR SETTING ME STRAIGHT. I KNOW IT IS MY FAVORITE FLY.
     
  13. GAT

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    Ha! That Blessing guy obviously stole the pattern from someone in Alaska name "Bugger"... how would we ever know???? :p:p
     
  14. Olive bugger

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    The idenity is in the fishing. If the fish like it, it is not important who first tied it.
     
  15. John Weston

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    sorry guys, I was just letting ya all know who tied it in case someone didn't know. I'll keep my mouth shut.
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