White Wooley Bugger?

#16
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.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#17
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.
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.
 
#18
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.
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.
 

bakerite

Active Member
#23
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.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#24
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.
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.
 
#25
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.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#28
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.
 
#29
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.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#30
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.