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To Dub or Not To Dub – Woolly Buggers

Original Blessing Woolly Bugger pattern with dark olive chenille, black marabou and hackle

Original Blessing Woolly Bugger pattern with dark olive chenille, black marabou and hackle

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Look in most trout anglers’ fly boxes and there’s a high probability that it contains a few Woolly Buggers in some form or another. It is an effective fly and just about always appears on recommended fly lists in books and on fly shop websites. The fly has a long history, well documented by Gary Soucie in his book Woolly Wisdom: How to Tie and Fish Woolly Worms, Woolly Buggers, and Their Fish-Catching Kin. Tying Recipes for 400 Patterns! (2005). When I first fished in Montana back in the early 1970s, the Woolly Bugger and Woolly Worm were commonly recommended flies and would be the first flies most fly shops would push on their customers. Back then, before the age of synthetic tying materials we now live in, Woolly Buggers were pretty simple. A clump of marabou, a few turns of chenille and a palmered black or grizzly hackle completed the fly. In the fly shops, most of the commercial flies didn’t even use any wire ribbing to protect the hackle. And of course this was a time before beads and cones, so most fly shop flies were un-weighted. more…