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Poll: Which do you like to use better during early trout season?

Which do you like to use better during early trout season?

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#31 iso18

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:43 AM

I voted bugger on this,though i rarely use them anymore.But,when I did, I never had near the luck with the muddler like I did on a bugger. I think it's all about the marabou,movement,pulsating,brathing looking tasty to the fish!
cheers,
shane

#32 troutguy

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:21 PM

Did anyone see Summer 2011 issue of Fly Tyer? read the article on Imitations Should Imitate - Naturally. (they use color in title for effect)

Quote from the article"...staggering variety of Woolly Buggers and similar designs of various colors, all of which offer little challenge in fly tying."
Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for the day; Teach a man to tie flies and he'll pick up all the roadkill.

#33 flytyer166

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:19 PM

well i havent really had any luck on a muddler so deffinately wooly bugger

#34 Druce

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:48 PM

I would have to say wooly bugger, i use a wooly bugger with natural grizzley marabou, grizzley dubbing and grizzley hackle and bead chain eyes and it kills any fish in my home town rivers hands down! its the gray fred from global fly fisher, best fly iv ever used to date.
I like to fish

#35 Will K

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:13 PM

Bugger for sure for me. my bugger varient with dumbbell eyes and rubber legs to be precise, but really either will happily be on the end of my line.

Close behind would be a slump buster. Nasty fly that one!

The funny thing to me is how some folks look down on those of us "willing" to throw buggers... :)

#36 birdman6

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 02:30 AM

I use buggers a lot on the local river and catch a few brownies..
the fish of a lifetime is out there, you just need to catch it.

#37 Christopher K

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:00 PM

Bow river bugger :D

#38 Tailing looper

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 06:52 PM

I had probably my most successful opening day outing throwing a cone head white marabou muddler a few years ago.  Up until then, I never cared much for them.  It sure is hard to beat a wooly bugger, though.  Tough choice.

 

Tight lines,

Bob



#39 redietz

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:31 AM

Although I've caught plenty of other species on a wooly bugger, in 50 years I've never caught a trout on one.  I have, however, caught lots of trout on muddlers, so I've got to say muddlers.  Nothing against w.b.s; I carry some, but never think to tie one on when I'm fishing from trout.


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#40 noahflyfisher

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 06:41 PM

From my knowledge, the muddler minnow imitates a slender bait fish while the wooly bugger can be mostly anything if they aren't biting the bugger then go to the minnow. Right?


Its not that I find fly fishing important, its just I find all other endeavors of man equally unimportant.


#41 Dave G.

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:56 PM

Well here early season means ponds and sinking line. Depends on the pond but day in and day out it will surely be the bugger. And yes, the big browns like them. I've ( and others) have fished open water in Jan or Feb if it's one of those years and gotten nice browns. I don't know if my older body could handle it now a days but used to.  I tie them three ways for the waters here.

 

If the midges hatch it's all over for buggers, get out the floating line midge emergers and a long piece of 6x tippet, maybe even 7x.. We have one pond here where you need size 24 midges when that happens or the fish come up poke out their head , roll their eyes and go down fins hanging on to their bellies laughing. lol.  By the same token in Late Sept or early Oct in the first light of day they will dive on a grizzly and olive Woolie Bugger the second it hits the water, hasn't even sunk yet. I don't know what they think they are but they want it. Maybe the last hurah of Hexes or something.

 

Rainbows aren't so fussy but they have their moments too..


John 7:38 ESV  is about "Rivers of Living Water"


#42 fshng2

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:05 PM

Match the hatch all day long.
Either dry or nymph or dropper style and use both patterns.

#43 fshng2

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:14 PM

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#44 tjm

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 03:41 PM

Choosing only one or the other, I'd go with WoolyBugger,  not because it is more effective so much as it is a simple fast tie. Early season would more likely see me using flymphs, though.

 

I don't consider tying simple flies to be "dumbing it down", on the contrary, in my view trying to complicate a pattern for the sake of complication is dumbing it down.

 

But in the prescience of fat headed sculpin or a fresh hatch of baby catfish the muddler minnow will out fish the wooly, most of the time.



#45 Mike West

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 09:49 AM

Marabou Muddler for me