P.O. Box 1181, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1181

Dubuque Fly Fishers


Black Woolly Bugger

Tyer: Mike Jozefowicz

Type: Jig

Hook: 5263 sizes 2-10

Weight: Medium cone

Thread: To match body

Tial: Artificial Marabou that matches body

Body: Chenille

Hackle: Palmered color to match body

Uses: Woolly Buggers suggest lots of different trout food: dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, leeches, baitfish, or just something that might be alive and edible. If you fish lakes, you should have lots of these in your box, with a mix of colors and sizes. They can also be effective in rivers.

Variations: Good body colors include black, green-olive, yellow-olive, brown, maroon, purple, and white. A bead head can be added, or weight under the body. In lakes where trout grow large and feed on other fish, try putting a strip of flashabou down each side. Angother variaiton is the Krystal Bugger, which uses a body of black Krystal Chenille.

How to Fish: Count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moement: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. Also, wind-drifting works well in lakes. Fish at all depths until you find the right one, but most of the time you should be fishing somewhere between two to six feet deep.