Woolly Bugger

  • Trout Talk

    The Woolly Bugger … more than just a streamer

    A Woolly Bugger in the vise.

    The good, old Woolly Bugger is likely the first fly those new to fly tying craft at the vise, and I don’t know any anglers who don’t have ‘Buggers in their fly boxes. In fact, I know anglers who have entire boxes dedicated solely to the tried-and-true streamer. But the Woolly Bugger is so much…

  • Trout Talk

    For crayfish flies, keep it simple

    I have a friend who is an extremely talented fly tier. His creations are intricate and gorgeous. And they would certainly catch fish, too, if he ever actually fished with them. But he doesn’t. Because, you know, who wants to risk losing a fly that it took an hour to tie? While creating fancy flies can…

  • Fishing

    Fishing a two-fly rig downstream

    Fishing two-fly rigs downstream is a great way to pull trout from under rocks and structure

    By Jim Strogen As a wet fly fisher, I love to dance my nymphs, Woolly Buggers and leeches downstream in front of rocks and log jams. This strategy surprises many of my friends. They worry about being visible to the fish, and stirring up the creek as they approach a hole. In the small streams…

  • Fly tying

    Building a better ‘Bugger

    Tim Flagler ties up his version of a 'better 'bugger' using weighted wire and a tougher construction

    The Woolly Bugger might be the most-tied fly on the planet — for many of us, it was the first fly we ever tied. There's a reason for that, of course. It's among the easiest patterns to master, and, no matter how many times some creative vise-wizard comes up with the next great streamer pattern,…

  • Community

    Spring Fly Showdown: The final four

    The Prince Nymph squares off with the Elk-hair Caddis, and the Adams goes up against the Woolly Bugger

    The first-ever TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown comes down to four much-loved fly patterns that likely have homes in fly boxes all over the world. Two classic dry-fly patterns, an old-school, yet still-beloved nymph and likely the best streamer pattern ever tied. Game 1: Elk-hair caddis vs. Prince Nymph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O24oZLeiEYo Tying the Elk-hair Caddis. Like…

  • Community

    Spring Fly Showdown: The Woolly Bugger vs. the Pheasant-tail Nymph

    Vote in the TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown

    Two great attractor patterns. Two proven fish-catchers. These two staple fly patterns are squaring off against one another in the round of eight for the right to go to the final four in the TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qddVdhAFFg Tying the Woolly Bugger The Woolly Bugger is perhaps the most versatile fly ever crafted.…

  • Fly tying

    The Woolly Worm

    Tying the Woolly Worm.

    The Woolly Bugger's less-sophisticated cousin, the Woolly Worm, is an excellent searching pattern for subsurface trout, and it has the added benefit of being an excellent pattern for panfish, like crappy and bluegill. https://youtu.be/0T8CBIE5-Lc Above, Tim Flagler ties a really durable version of this venerable pattern. If it's meant for non-stop action on bluegill, it…