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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wooly Worm

The Wooly Worm is effective and easy to tie.

Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. Charlie was a noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed some amazing stuff from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's. Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.

WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old WOOLY WORMS, Assam Dragons (never heard of before now) and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout. 
 
Idaho Fly Fishing
Hook size 2-8


Idaho Fly Fishing
0.020 lead wire and colored tail


Idaho Fly Fishing
Hackle to suit


Idaho Fly Fishing
Chenille of your choice - yellow, black
& olive most effective per
Charlie Brooks


Idaho Fly Fishing
Wrap thread forward, then chenille


Idaho Fly Fishing
Carry forward hackle & tie off


Idaho Fly Fishing
Try multiple colors


Idaho Fly Fishing
What color are the naturals in your area?


Idaho Fly Fishing
Two tones are also a good bet!


Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.
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