Image via WikipediaToday on the river Blue, the venerable Woolly Bugger bombed. At least for me. I was fishing those tandem rigs I use with the bugger being the lead or deeper column fly. The first trailer I used was a hot bodied soft hackle and this puppy took several bows. The bugger took none.
Then came the Partridge and Orange and this pattern also took a couple of bows, but the bugger bombed. Then the Crackleback came and same results - trout on the Crackleback... bugger feeling like an outcast. The Hare's Ear steps up to the plate and the bows liked it... poor bugger.
I sent the bugger to the dug-out and told him to get his crap together. Put the beadhead Hare's Ear on the mound and this pattern was fairly popular. Next, a size 18 Flashback Pheasant Tail and this proved to be the hottest pattern of the morning fishing a fairly slow hole.
Not to be outdone by the trout however, I call the bugger back and send him downstream from the crossing and finally he finds a couple of bows. But... for the most part the bugger bombed today.
These fish are really stacked up. If you can get a pool where they are you'll have a banner day. I watched a couple of fly-fishers fish the same pool that Donny Carter did on Wednesday and Larry Horton fished yesterday. I bet they caught 50 trout in a row. It was ridiculous... but fun I bet.