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Best technique to use for Wooly Buggers?

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Please help me with proper technique, color and setup to use either wooly buggers or beaded wooly buggers. I have been fishing the Pohopoco lately. Thanks in advance.

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Boy that question probably has a bunch of answers. My thoughts are that it depends on water conditions. Under clear conditions I would rather fish mine like a nymph and fish it upstream and drift it back but under off color conditions I prefer to cast it 90 degrees and then swing it and let them attack it from below. Not sure how many, if any, will agree with me but there's my input.

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Agree with Fox in terms of basic mechanics. They just plain catch fish though. I've caught fish in every conceivable fashion with them...drifting, swinging, stripping, upstream, downstream, 90 deg...just having the fly dangling in the water while I was doing something else.

The standard technique with them is to cast them across the stream from you, let them drift downstream and allow the line to tighten as this happens. Once it does the fly will "swing" across the current and end up nearly directly downstream of you. Once it does, strip it back towards you, with pauses in between the strips. Strikes can happen at any point in this process, but most often on the beginning of the swing IMO. WB's make a good beginner fly because you get to practice 3 different techniques all in one cast (drift/swing/strip), and again, they're just plain catch fish.

For Trout, in clearer water I like olive, in stained water black. For Bass, white and chartruse. I like mine with a beadhead or some lead wraps, or both...you usually want to get them down a bit. The swing and strip will cause the fly to rise in the water column, which sometimes triggers strikes I think.

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I think the right amount of weight and water depth is the ticket. I remember one day fishing a deep slow moving pool. I use a strike indicator and after countless tries letting it drift through, I moved the indicator way up, like twice the depth of the pool, and added two BB sized split shots about 8 inches from the fly. Big rainbow on the first cast after that! In high murky water I like them big, flashy, and with rubber legs. Bass love big wooly buggers with rubber legs too.

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Over the weekend after all that rain was using a white conehead bugger with rubber legs. Standing at a corner with fast rapids on my right and on my left a section of water very still with the rapids rushing by. Cast the bugger with no indicator let it drift down and when line got tight the water moved it into the calm water and stripped it back to me. First strip back landed a 14" largemouth bass. There is no wrong way to use a bugger.

Posted on: 2012/10/24 13:23


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" just having the fly dangling in the water while I was doing something else. "

That's the one that ALWAYS works for me. Cast, forget it while lighting a cigarette or watching a bird or untangling something and land a fish. It almost makes me think I am trying too hard otherwise.

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Cast, retrieve, repeat. No right or wrong way.

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Re: Best technique to use for Wooly Buggers?

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Don't use a Bugger on the Po, there is some advice for you.

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Re: Best technique to use for Wooly Buggers?

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@ Sbecker - Wolly Buggers on the Pohopoco are not good? Can you advise your choices for fall fishing. Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2012/10/25 8:11


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Small WB's (Size 10-12) on the Po work very well.
I would also suggest pink San Juan Worms and don't be afraid to go big on them.

Posted on: 2012/10/25 10:09


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I am pretty sure I know the section you are fishing and I personally would not use them there because of the type of water and structure. Just my opinion. Green weenie if you want to catch all the stockies brookies. Alsomidges, zebra probably being number 1. Pink SJ as well.

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Edited by SBecker on 2012/10/25 11:28:33
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Re: Best technique to use for Wooly Buggers?

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@SBecker - I have been fishing a private area along the marina. Any advice would be greatly appeciated.

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Re: Best technique to use for Wooly Buggers?

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I am still learning the stream and have not had much luck. Green Weenie with weight? I have been fooling around with small midge pupa like the Zebra and a fly called an M & M sizes like 18 and 20. Bead head takes away the need for weight which is easier. Again thanks for the advice and direction.

Posted on: 2012/10/25 11:51


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Quote:

KeithS wrote:
" just having the fly dangling in the water while I was doing something else. "

That's the one that ALWAYS works for me. Cast, forget it while lighting a cigarette or watching a bird or untangling something and land a fish. It almost makes me think I am trying too hard otherwise.


This always has a humbling effect on me. At times, I think I've developed some amount of skill as a fisherperson. Then, a fish goes and hooks itself Brookies are notorious for this, IMHO, because I think they are starving half the time.

To the OP question, as others have stated, there's really no wrong way to fish a bugger. It mimics many different things in the water, and fishing it multiple ways helps it mimic even more things..

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@SBecker - I have been fishing a private area along the marina. Any advice would be greatly appeciated.


If you are fishing the horse farm, I can not help you, because it is the only section I have never fished. Well that and the campground by the turnpike. I don't know the structure or how the fish hold. I would just fish princes and PTs. They are my highest producing fly.

Posted on: 2012/10/25 16:09
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