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Beadhead Woolly Bugger

Wooly buggers are considered a streamer that imitates bait-fish, minnow, crayfish, leeches, and other forage items for fish. This representation comes from both its endless patterns of colors and shapes, in addition to its realistic motion in the water. The variety it offers gives the angler the opportunity to customize it to imitate whatever fish they want to be effective in any situation. It can be used in streams, ponds, lakes, and salt flats.

Woolly Buggers are very effective when dead-drifted or fished with a tandem rig above a nymph. Materials include as much natural items as I can use including squirrel tails, marabou, hackle, etc. Flies are weighted with lead wrap around the hook shank to get them down and in the strike zone. Materials and sizes may vary. The Woolly Bugger is an artificial fly commonly categorized as a wet fly or streamer and is fished under the water surface. It is a popular and widely used pattern for both freshwater and saltwater game fish and is generally listed as one of the top patterns to have in any fly box. Although the original Woolly Bugger pattern was believed to have been created by Pennsylvania fly tier Russell Blessing as early as 1967 to resemble a reprogramming, or dobsonfly nymph, its precise origin is unknown, but is clearly an evolution of the Woolly Worm fly.

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Firehole 839 BL
UTC 140 Denier — Black
Barred Marabou — Brown/Black
Wooly Bugger Hackle — Natural Brown
Tungsten slotted bead — Copper
Pearl Chenille, Medium — Peacock
Flashabou — Light Blue
Ultra Wire, Brassie — Copper

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