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Is the Wooly Bugger and all it variants.

For years I've used a Disco Bugger: crystal chenille (estaz) body with marabou tail, no hackle, abreeze to tie. Usually I use olive body and marabou, well weighted. With this I can catch landlocked salmon, lake-run rainbows, both kinds of bass, and panfish. On streams I use a wooly bugger, usually a dark green chenille body, dark palmered hackle, black marabou tail, with or without protective wire rib. Never fails, if there is any catching to be done at all.
 

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Wooly Bugger

Do they work on steelhead. I'm new at this so with a 100% garentee I dont see how I could go wrong so what did Gadabout Gaddis know anyhow.
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Khornet said:
Is the Wooly Bugger and all it variants.

For years I've used a Disco Bugger: crystal chenille (estaz) body with marabou tail, no hackle, abreeze to tie. Usually I use olive body and marabou, well weighted. With this I can catch landlocked salmon, lake-run rainbows, both kinds of bass, and panfish. On streams I use a wooly bugger, usually a dark green chenille body, dark palmered hackle, black marabou tail, with or without protective wire rib. Never fails, if there is any catching to be done at all.
Khornet, you could very well be right on that. It's certainly one of the most popular nowadays. While the colors change a little in other regions, the Wooly Bugger is a consistant winner. Depending upon the time of day, the Arbogast fly-weight hula popper in black performs nicely as well. :D
 

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Thanks guys for the info I,m new to this site and am still trying to figure out how to reply. Well I solved that onne and now I'm looking forward to trying my newly obtained info.
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Rick Shoop
 

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Wooly Bugger

One of the easiest flys to tie and most used fly there is!
i have to agree!
Wooly Bugger the champion of the fly world!
 

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I'd have to give the hare's ear nymphe it its various forms second place.
 

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i also would have to agree. so many different colors and ways to weight it. it can imitate so many baits, and fool so many different types of fish.
 

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If you are talking Lake erie Steelies, I can think of many other flies I'd use. What is your experience level? I have been chasing those chrome beauties since the mid 1980's.

the Wooly Bugger is a good, all-around fly.
 

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To me anyway, the best fly ever tied is a toss up between the Deciever, and the Clouser. Anything in the world that will eat a minnow, will hit one of these. Lets face it, anything you want to catch, will hit a minnow. Fresh, or saltwater, these two are a must in your fly box. I've fished the mid-east coast, the south-east, gulf, and yucatan, these two are king. Unfortunately, Bluefish, and Barracuda tend to render them useless after one or two strikes :lol:
 

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I've tied a lot of flys over the years. My three top stand-bys are the wooly bugger variants, the hare's ear nymphes, and the Clousers. While I tye many others, more than half of my production falls in one of those three groups. I fish primarily Lake Erie and its tribs, but have fished many lakes and streams throughout this country and Canada and have never failed with at least one of those basic patterns.
 
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