The Woolly Bugger and I. Can you dig it?

Guest Blogger: Justin Aldrich, avid fly tyer and J. Stockard customer

(We started as rivals, now we are friends….very close and always together friends.)

The good all started with my “Matuka Bugger.”

The classic pattern “Woolly Bugger”, and a few of my Bugger Variants, (Matuka Bugger, Deer Head Bugger, Articulated Bugger, Soft Hackle Bugger, just Bugger style flies.), has turned this Fly Fisherman into a statistic. I am now just one of the MILLIONS of Fly Anglers for whom the Woolly Bugger has accounted for many many fish and fun filled trips. (I’m a firm believer that the beauty that lies in this pattern comes from its simplicity to tie and use on the water.)

The Bugger, my “Matuka Bugger” to be more exact, landed me my FOUR biggest Trout. All earlier on in 2015, and they were back to back to back. ….to back. (On my trusty 3wt and Click & Pawl reel I might add.Lol. What a ride.)Those four Trout on that trip that year still stand as my personal bests.

The story starts in Febuary 2015, while the “Streamer craze” that year was still going strong. So many Trout all through Winter were being taken on Streamers all throughout the United States.

I was riding with a buddy to the Stream, going through a drive thru, amped up as usual, and going over our plan of attack. Coincidentally I was telling my friend how I had tied a few Woolly Buggers to use this trip. I said coincidentally because I also included in telling him that I had no idea why I had tied them. Why I was going to try and produce with them yet again since I had used them several times before, especially in the start of my Fly Fishing journey, and have failed miserably each time.

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Angel Hair – Not Just for Streamers

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

I don’t know when I bought my first package of Angel Hair (or why). It looked pretty Cline angel 2cool and I probably thought I could add it to some clousers for bass and in the salt. Whatever I thought I bought it for, I never really adopted it as a regular material until I moved up to Montana and adapted it to two of my favorite patterns—Woolly buggers and crayfish. One day at a fly tying demo, I watched Gardiner, Montana fly tier Walter Wiese demonstrate how he tied the Beaded Little Mayfly (or BLM Nymph) using nothing but thread, angel hair and fine wire. It opened my eyes to how something as simple (and colorful) as Angel Hair could be adapted to different uses.

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Try Tying These Pine Squirrel Buggers

pine squirrel buggersGuest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

Canadian Pine Squirrel has turned out to be a very versatile tying material. Where I fish in SW Montana, micro zonkers are very popular and are routinely tied with pine squirrel instead of rabbit fur. The fine fur is also useful for many types of nymph bodies and leech patterns. One of my go-to flies has always been the woolly bugger as I just thrive on striping streamers for Montana and Wyoming trout. Woolly bugger bodies are typically tied with some form of chenille or dubbing and palmered with a suitable hackle. The traditional go-to colors have always been shades of black, brown or olive, colors that pine squirrel skins are found in. A recent experience on the Missouri River prompted me to experiment with pine squirrel for woolly buggers.

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