The Wooly Bugger was invented by Russell Blessing long enough ago that most folks don’t know who he is. Mr. Blessing, perhaps inadvertently, developed what is now the single most popular streamer in the world. The Bugger is a slight variation of the ubiquitous Wooly Worm, which sports a body and hackle much like the Buggers’ but either no tail at all or a short stub of brightly colored yarn. The addition of a soft, breathing marabou tail has made all the difference in this pattern, creating a lifelike imitation of anything from a leech to a small fish.