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How to Use a Wooly Bugger Lure When Fly Fishing : Using a Wooly Bugger Lure While Fly Fishing

How to Use a Wooly Bugger Lure When Fly Fishing : Using a Wooly Bugger Lure While Fly Fishing


Hi! My name is David Dirks. I am managing
director of Dirks Outdoors on behalf of Expert Village. Today we are going to learn how to
tie the classic and highly effective wooly bugger. One of my favorite ways to fish the
wooly bugger is to simply strip the fly in after casting. I can vary the retrieve to
a slow retrieve or I can speed the retrieve up. It is whatever the fish prefer. Another
way to also fish this fly is to basically as you strip it in, jiggle the tip of the
fly head a little bit so you can see it moving a little bit there, jiggling it giving it
a little more life and action. The most important thing to remember about fishing the wooly
bugger as a fly is that what makes it a fly that catches a lot of fish. It’s ability to
look edible in the water. So no matter how you fish it,whether you can see the fly or
not, always remember that you need to impart some life to this fly because that is why
it was built for life and built to catch fish.

26 comments on “How to Use a Wooly Bugger Lure When Fly Fishing : Using a Wooly Bugger Lure While Fly Fishing

  1. ive used woollys in every situation from still water to fast riffles, just depends on the fish, if they are chasing i twitch and strip, if they arent i dead drift it, the marabou will create enough movement to entice strikes,

  2. To make the woolly bugger or any other leech imitaters more successful,I always tie them onto the leader with a loop knot.It gives the flie more movement and pulsation like a live leech or worm.

  3. Actually, instead of "always" giving the Woolly Bugger some action, Russell Blessing (inventor of the pattern) said he would fish this fly on a dead drift first, to see if it would attract any fish that way. If that didn't work then he would give it action through various combinations of stripping and rod movement. You can fish this fly without working it — it will look alive even in very calm waters. Good vid otherwise, though.

  4. My friends and I were in Bass Pro yesterday and my friend handed me a wooly bugger to use so I took it from him. My other friend came up to me and told me to use a Curly Fuck… Making fun of the Wooly Bugger

  5. It is a case to case basis when using woolies. for slow steady water, you need to strip them to get the movement. I'd like to cast upstream over rainbows….single split shots, it takes a couple to get them right in the fish face…then it's on.

  6. I use wooly buggers on my fly rod and my spinning rod. Great for trout when stripping and great for smallmouth drifting or retrieving. It's one of the best lures ever made.

  7. wet line the fly downstream. cast the fly to the other side of the river, and then let it swing around, then slowly jig it lift and then let it go. as you reel it in or let it stay there. works in faster or slow currents. i use the black bugger, but put a soft glow in the dark bead over the eye of the hook so i can keep track of it at night.. and it improves the fishing alot at night 🙂

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