Beadhead Wooly Bugger
5x7, soft pastel
Sometimes the name of a fly alone is reason enough for me to paint it. This fly's name just makes me smile. A Wooly Bugger is another staple when fishing for trout. When nothing else seems to work, a Wooly Bugger is a go-to fly especially for spring creek trout.
The addition of a bead head over the years helps the fly head sink lower than the tail portion. This fly mimics the crane fly which is prevalent in many spring creeks. Fish this fly slowly along the bottom, with short jerks, then let it drift downward again in order to work the fish. The best time of day for this fly is mid-day after the morning hatches have thinned.