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: Wooly Bully

Dble Haul
01-11-2005, 07:46 PM
This is another project fly that's worked for me with bigger pike over the past few seasons. It's tough to tell in the picture here, but the flash and blended movement of sheep hair, hackle, and marabou is great.

Wooly Bully
Hook: Orvis 9034 or equivalent, size 4/0
Thread: 3/0
Tail support: Bucktail
Tail support flash: Flashabou
Tail: Icelandic sheep hair
Tail flash: Flashabou
Sides: Three pairs of matched saddle hackles
Belly: Sparse Icelandic sheep hair
Wing: Sparse Icelandic sheep hair
Wing flash: Flashabou
Collar: Three layers of marabou
Head: Sculpin wool, packed and trimmed to shape
Eyes: Doll eyes

Upon recently purusing Barry Reynold's most recent book, Mastering Pike on the Fly, I noticed that one of his patterns (Barry's Woolhead Pike Fly) is similar to the Wooly Bully. The main differences are:

1. His fly has only one matched pair of hackles for the sides
2. He uses sheep hair for the tail only
3. He coats the underside of the wool head with silicone
4. He trims the head much closer and more triangulated

Great minds think alike (or at the least, similarly)?! :confused:

I only mention this because in this day and age some folks are particularly sensitive about the origin of patterns, and this was an honest co-evolution.

This fly casts easier than the Bunny Split, but still requires a fairly heavy rod. The materials won't last too long after assault by toothy fish, but it's fun while it lasts. Besides pink/white, other color combos that have been good are chartruese/yellow, white/red, yellow/red, and yellow/white.

01-12-2005, 03:01 PM
Hey Mark,
This is another killer pattern, I really like the use of Icelandic wool and marabou in your pattern, it soaks up water like crazy and it moves so well when fished on the bottom, with a slow retrieve. I used a Icelandic sheep pattern to get this critter last fall. Send me a sample! :eek:

Dble Haul
01-13-2005, 08:43 AM
Pete, I'll be sending samples of both flies that I've posted here in the past few days.

Nice fish! Gull Lake?

01-13-2005, 09:13 AM
That's a great looking fly. Have you tried in the salt?

Can you say "pink sluggo"? Deadly....

Dble Haul
01-13-2005, 09:27 AM
Dave, I haven't tried it in the salt yet but plan to this year. The fly does have that "do nothing" action of a sluggo in the water, so I wanna give it a try. Tying it to the leader with a loop knot (I use the non-slip mono loop) is key.

01-13-2005, 10:17 AM
Nice one Mark... in Chartreuse or brown... a perfect striper fly...don't forget to gather a bunch of your flies for the Forum table at Wilmington.

Dble Haul
01-13-2005, 10:24 AM
Will do, Mr. Mayor. :wink: