I may have fished a muddler or two when I started fly fishing. Don't use them at all. Come to think of it I haven't had much luck using standard size woolly buggers. I have caught many trout, stocked and wild, on small woolly buggers tied on size 14 or 16 3 or 4 XL hooks. Down sized versions of the White River Demon(white bugger), Chili Pepper(orange, copper and brown) and a Catskill Killer(white and yellow). I usually dead drift them or fish them as droppers under a larger dry fly.
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wooly bugger or muddler minnow
Posted 19 July 2018 - 03:13 PM
"Refuse to choose" Both flies are killers, a selection of colors and sizes of just these two flies and you could catch most fish in most places.
Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:36 AM
Posted 25 February 2019 - 10:23 PM
Early season a cone head black Woolly Bugger; deep and slow
Late season a black or olive Woolly Bugger; twitched.
August - an unweighted Muddler Minnow. Trout take them as hoppers fished along the bank.
Not that Pearsall
Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:19 PM
That's a tough choice, but I went with the Muddler. I don't leave home without both.