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  • #36294

    Charles D. Smith
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      Is there anything wrong with tying the wooly bugger fly with hook up rather than down?

      #36296

      Bass_Bug
      Moderator

        No, but its typically symetrical unless you add weight on top of the hook or bead chain eyes or something to make it ride point up.

        #36299

        Charles D. Smith
        Participant

          Would an up-turned eye do the job?

          #36301

          Bass_Bug
          Moderator

            If its not getting all the way to bottom it probably wouldnt make a difference. If you’re aiming for bottom a Clouser might be a better pattern.

            #36302

            Charles D. Smith
            Participant

              I’m worried about snagging on deep brush, etc. What would you suggest to help prevent that?

              #36304

              Bass_Bug
              Moderator

                Adding a mono weed guard. 25 -40 lb mono depending on hook size.

                #36325

                Mark
                Participant

                  Easiest way is probably to throw a tiny set of lead eyes or bead chain across the top of the head to weight the “upper” side and make it ride point up.

                  #36327

                  I think a simple brass bead will do it. Make it ride point up like a jig. All my beadhead flies ride that way. 🙂

                  #36329

                  NJTroutbum
                  Moderator

                    Do both…..add dumbell eyes AND the weadguard. Call it a Wooly Clouser! 😉

                    #36331

                    Mark
                    Participant
                      Neil Selbicky - Tying steelhead flies for and guiding the Rogue River, Oregon wrote:

                      I think a simple brass bead will do it. Make it ride point up like a jig. All my beadhead flies ride that way. 🙂

                      Really?

                      Adding beads/cones to my flies has never had any real impact on the way they ride.

                      Interesting…

                      #36333

                      Yes.

                      Down eye hooks. I don’t know if it does the same with straight eye or up eye hooks? Strip your fly in sometime and look at the way it rides in the shallow water.

                      On my Carpetbagger Nymph it looks like the legs are on top. Not the case when in the water. They are on the bottom then! :cheer: :cheer:

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                      #36334

                      Mark
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                        Yeah, I use mostly down-eyes for buggers too…beads, cones, whatever…they all still ride point down.

                        #36336

                        Hard to believe. That’s the way I see it all the time. I was thinking of tieing my Prince Nymphs with the biots on the bottom. :laugh:

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                        #36350

                        Normand E Frechette
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                          So how do they magically turn upside down?

                          #36356

                          NJTroutbum
                          Moderator

                            I’ve noticed quite a few nymphs riding upside down. Almost always down-eye patterns.

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