White Wooley Bugger?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Golden Trout, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Well, I have never fished Omak and I probably will not. So the treasure is safe. Even if I did fish it, there is not a lot of danger to the fish.

    As far as the white bugger goes, perhaps it triggers a strike from movement of the soft feathers. Kinda of a I see, I eat, program. The only thing that might actually live in the water that is white might be, as stated a small bait fish sans dark back, or perhaps a white wax worm.

    A hungry trout will take most anything that moves and is smaller than it is. The problem is finding a hungry trout.
     
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    This makes the most sense to me.

    But honestly I don't care why they work... like a Royal Wulff that also doesn't really look like a natural anything... they work.
     
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    Dang it! You guys have caught me. Now I will have to go tie some white woolies for next spring. Getting ready to tie some black, olive and brown ones for a friend, so I will also throw in some white ones.
    If they work for me, I will let you know.
     
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    Tie some with white hackle and some with grizzly. The fish sometimes prefer one style over the other.
     
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    And perhaps a tad bit of small tinsel for flash in among the hackle.
     
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    dont forget yellow.
     
  7. Olive bugger

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    Yellow is pretty close to olive. I think I will stick with that.

    Oh what the heck. Yellow!
     
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    I use them in the lakes down here that have crappie fry in them. They work well in the fall for me. I tie them with a tinsel chenile body sometimes, either gold or silver. I also like a touch of red, either 1 turn of red hackle in front or some red flashy stuff mixed in the tail.
     
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    I must be doing something wrong. One of the most productive pattern styles for me in stillwaters is a WB.

    But I have never caught a fish yet with one that includes any manner of flash.

    Weird.

    I given some thought to the lakes where white WBs work the best for me and I still have to conclude they are simply an attractor to the trout and as pointed out above, they look like something to eat.

    Similar to a white Rooster Tail.
     
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    You make a valid point about the flash in a fly. I sometimes suspect it attracts the fisherman more so than the fish. I have to concede that it does perhaps catch the fish's eye in a situation where he might otherwise not see the fly or would not pay attention to it.

    But I may be tainted, because I am easily distracted by shiny items.
     
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    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    From a fishes point of view, everything is food until proven otherwise. :)
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    This is the very reason why I will not use swivels anymore. I am absolutely certain that they eat them.
     
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    I've always felt that flash only works during clear days and at fairly shallow levels. And sometimes, I think flash can work against you. I was concerned that the fish could see the shinny split shot I used so I dunked them in gun bluing to dampen down the shine and they do seem to work better than when they were shinny.

    I don't harvest fish these days but when I was growing up, my Dad certainly did take his limit (plus a few :) ) When we'd gut the fish there was a multitude of weird-ass stuff in the stomachs of the fish.
    Leaf particles, pine needles, tiny pebles... etc.

    Evidently, they mistook these items as food. Perhaps, as noted above, fish look for a reason not to eat something and not so much a reason to eat it. I know my goldfish would sample gravel on the bottom of my aquarium and then spit it out when they decided it wasn't food.

    I do know for sure that a white WBs only work for me in specific lakes during specific times of the year. In some fisheries, they don't work worth a damn. So who knows why they work when they do? We'll never really know. Just one more puzzle in this game we call flyfishing.
     
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    As far as fish food, I was teaching my Grandson to fish in one of the local lakes. He caught a couple of nice trout and wanted to take them home for supper. I told him that if he killed the fish that he would have to clean it and cook it. I would help him. He thought that was a capital idea. So we did. When we opened one of the fish, it had a kid's rubber toy in it's stomach. The rubber had absorbed water and had completely filled the fishes stomach. He was either very hungry or very mean.
     
  15. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Ahhhh... the "part 2" of the Fishing with Ladin Omak Lake trip. They used chronies under indicators on that show. I feel so much better seeing little balls of fluff get yanked underwater. Showed lots of fish cruising the shallows.