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#11838303 - 09/19/16 09:16 PM Wooley Buggers?
Smurfs Online   content
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 1290
Loc: Fort Worth
When fishing Wooley Buggers in local ponds ( not creeks or rivers ) do you fish under an indicator or without, just stripping line? What say you?
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#11838313 - 09/19/16 09:19 PM Re: Wooley Buggers? [Re: Smurfs]
ElectricSixes Offline

Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 169
Loc: Texas
I fish without and vary stripping speed.

#11838320 - 09/19/16 09:22 PM Re: Wooley Buggers? [Re: Smurfs]
rrhyne56 Offline

Registered: 02/16/01
Posts: 13180
Loc: McKinney TX USA
They're both valid, useful techniques. I say, go prepared for both, go prepared to switch up if one isn't satisfactory.
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#11838405 - 09/19/16 10:06 PM Re: Wooley Buggers? [Re: ElectricSixes]
JdDurango Offline

Registered: 05/13/13
Posts: 84
Originally Posted By: ElectricSixes
I fish without and vary stripping speed.

I agree.

#11838469 - 09/19/16 10:41 PM Re: Wooley Buggers? [Re: JdDurango]
McKinneyLonghorn Offline
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Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 591
Loc: McKinney
Originally Posted By: JdDurango
Originally Posted By: ElectricSixes
I fish without and vary stripping speed.

I agree.


Never had any luck fishing them under an indicator. If you are using the ones without a bead, they typically will not sink too fast and kind of ride high in the water column on the retrieve, so you should be able to keep them out of the weeds that are in a lot of small ponds. When you are fishing them without an indicator try and set the hook via a strip strike versus a traditional trout set of raising the rod tip. That way, even if you miss the fish the fly will stay in the strike zone versus flying out of the water.


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