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How do I fish them? I have a couple but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to drift them or work them like a streamer.

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Re: Wooly Buggers

Yes...I have fished them both ways and caught fish both ways.

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anyway that you want to
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ive had more luck working them like a streamer

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There's no wrong way to fish a bugger, which is the true beauty of them.

I've probably had the most success fishing them like a streamer (short strip, pause, repeat). But there have been days when dead drifting, swinging, and lift drop techniques have brought many fish to hand.
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ive had more luck working them like a streamer
I have had more luck high sticking them, and twitching/lifting the tip a little bit. But then again I am more used to this style of fishing. I have a bit more trouble with hook ups when fishing them more like a streamer. Heck, when fishing them in the winter in deep pools, or Erie, I have fished them under a large indicator on the dead drift and had success. I don't use them often, but when I do I always, seem to pick up the stragglers that did not want my nymphs.

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There is no wrong way. That's the beauty of a Bugger!

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There's no wrong way to fish a bugger, which is the true beauty of them.

I've probably had the most success fishing them like a streamer (short strip, pause, repeat). But there have been days when dead drifting, swinging, and lift drop techniques have brought many fish to hand.
Most of my success is with wooly buggers is the same (short strip, pause, repeat). It makes the marabou tail in the wooly bugger dance, being right handed I strip the line between by right thumb and index finger and strip with the left, as soon as I feel the hit I pinch the line tight between my thunb and index finger and raise rod tip and then reel in excess line and the fight is on.

Trick is to get them down deep, I like the bead heads the most and this year I have been adding a split shot to the line to get them down as the streams I have been fishing are flowing well above normal.

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That was the problem I ran into this weekend. The stream I was fishing was high and fast and I couldn't get the fly down far enough. I tried adding weight but wasn't sure how much I should use. The wooly boogers I have are unweighted. I only fished one for a short time because of the water conditions.

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I add weight til I start snagging the bottom, then I will back it off a little to cut down on the bottom hang ups.

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