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The CDC & Elk family
Suggestion: Mark Dysinger has been chasing smallmouth bass with the flyrod for many years, and during that time he's come across some surprisingly difficult fish. Super clear water and high fishing pressure can make these bass as fussy and easily spooked as any educated trout.
This may be the method and patterns that saves the day
The Perfect Woolly
Bugger!: Many flies were developed from the Woolly Bugger, German Raoul Kempkes got back to it and created a very simple pattern which is extremely durable and very easy to tie. Only a few materials are needed to tie a great pattern which is highly versatile. The perfect Woolly Bugger!
Learn to tie it here
See the original article by Martin Joergensen for materials and instructions
Thanks for the pattern Martin! I had an incredible day a few weeks ago using a white/silver version of this fly. I landed over 150 fish, with a large chunk of them coming on the kluting. This has quickly become one of my favorite all around searching patterns. In addition to white/silver, I tie these in the usual drab olive and black. I’ve also used wool for the head--its a little easier to tie and shape around the lead eyes.