• Size 2 cricket hook • Fuzzy marabou feather (available at craft stores) • Tape • Scissors • Pipe cleaner • Plastic bead
To a hungry fish, a woolly bugger looks like a swimming minnow, tadpole, or leech. That’s why buggers fool so many bass, bluegill, and trout into taking a nibble.
Fly-anglers use fancy feathers and special tools to make woolly buggers. You can make one using simpler supplies. Any color will catch fish, but green, brown, and black buggers look more like natural foods.
Tie a woolly bugger to your fishing line and pinch on some split shot for weight. Cast the lure into a pond or stream and count to three to let the bugger sink slowly into the water. Watch your line as it sinks. If the line twitches, gently set the hook.
Once the bugger is underwater, reel in the line at a pretty good pace. Pretend your bugger is a scared minnow trying to out-swim a hungry fish. If that doesn’t get a bite, cast to a different location. This time, reel in with a jerky, start-stop motion that mimics an injured (and easily eaten) minnow.
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Angie Daly Morfeld