Many anglers rave about San Juan Worms. Unfortunately, I’ve not had much luck with any store-bought ones nor when I tie them in a “regular” size. I’ve tried all sorts of materials, colors and sizes. I’ve tried all sorts of patterns.
Finally, I think I’ve found a go-to pattern for me. It has done well recently, including at a local freestone.
Personally, I like SJWs that sink easily; I find that too much chenille slows down the descent into the strike zone, even with a Tuck Cast. I’m partial to the life-like movement of Squirmy material, but too much of it also delays the fly’s drop.
So, I recently tied some Squirmies with the following goals:
- On the smaller side
- With rubber material
- Will sink quickly
I tied the rubber material at the base, leaving it free to dangle and wiggle; I think it’s a strike trigger and a reason why the Mop Fly can be effective. I excluded the “front part” of the worm to cut down on the material amount. And, I paired it with a tungsten bead and added fluorescent pink thread for a hot spot.
It is a very simple tie. Here is the materials list, with links:
- Hook: Orvis Czech Nymph Hook, size 14 or 16
- Bead: Tungsten, black, 3/32″ (secured with 0.015″ non-lead wire)
- Body: Squirmy material, pink
- Thread: UTC, 70 denier, fluorescent pink
Last, but, not least, thank you to all the veterans out there. Have a great Veterans’ Day, everyone.