Adding a thick combed out dubbing body to your streamers is a must for smallmouth, predatory trout or even those big toothed critters (pike). I fish for a lot of pike when I have a chance to visit my local stream and I'm always using 4-5 inch streamer bodies. I've found a small tool very helpful in getting my patterns to pike chompable morsels and also retain some durability, it's a dubbing spinner. I had one that came with my tying kit, it just sucked to use.
So I dug through my garage and frankensteined a suitable replacement that did the job for absolutely no cost. It's made from a sink strainer, paperclip and super glue.
Here's how to make your own if you have the need.
Whether I'm fishing a lake or stream, bass fishing or searching for trout, I always keep a few woolly buggers in my box. They're just a flat out versatile pattern. You drift them, bounce them, make them lunge and bump at various depths, or even jig them. The woolly bugger nearly always has a spot in the lineup during any weather or water conditions.
The one I tied below has a little longer tail and a beaded head. I like to add a little more weight to my smallmouth buggers and I leave my trout buggers lighter to drift a little longer during the warmer months. There are many ways to dress this pattern up to meet your needs. Lots of tiers talk about proportions for tying flies and the bugger is one that I haven't messed up to bad. The significance is in the action of maribou in the water, not so much the proportion on this fly. For this reason many beginning tiers find success with this pattern and stick to it. I'm still a novice tier but the woolly bugger has remained more constant than not in my tying skill building.
During the smallmouth post spawn period while the water temperatures are down or fishing a cool creek I love to utilize terrestrials. One of my most visual and yet effective terrestrials has been the black foam beetle. I set-up the presentation by placing the beetle near tall grass or overhanging vegetation to give the appearance of "Oh crap I fell in the water" where hopefully a smallie is waiting and thinking "Heck yeah another beetle fell in the water!" For the beginner stock up with 3 or 4 to keep in your warm water box this June.
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.