Given that the rain seems to want to keep the rivers all high, I figured you all may want to get a secret fly recipe that keeps the rod bending and the net full. Even in high water and/or tailwaters.
It’s the Swift River Steelhead Worm Fly. It’s like a steelhead fly but sized for the picky fish you may encounter at certain rivers or pools in the area. I don’t know why they are so picky either.
So, here is the recipe:
- Pick out a nice mild thread. The thicker the better. You are gonna need that strength to keep the fish from vacuuming the pattern off the hook.
- Pick your hook. I think you can pick the hook for the expected quarry and the size worm fly you are going to tie. I like a jig hook between 10 and 16, but a nymph hook works just fine, too. Make sure to pick out a complementary bead head to get some weight on there. It’s not going to sink itself now, is it?!?!
- Get that thread started.
- Crack open a fresh jar and breath deeply. Realllllllly deep. And, love it. Don’t feel guilty. Love yo’ self. Love that powerful bait.
- Extract enough of the plastic sausage for the fish to gulp down.
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- Or, alternatively, choose another style of worm like the eggheads at Berkley would. This is more towards the size 10 to 16 hooks.
- Threading the hook all the way down the shaft helps keep the materials in place. Place gentle loops around the worm material so you don’t cut through the squirming, life-like plastic-flesh noodle. Make sure to secure the head, but head cement is not required. Don’t want to mess with that scent.
- The smaller sizes don’t even need to be locked in!
I went down to the local flow and chucked this hearty meal to the picky steelhead in the area. They remained picky today. But, I was joined by a hungry brown that needed that meat.
Here is no joke: when out and about, I always keep a couple of essentials in my truck. An Orvis five-weight, a couple of fly boxes, a Vedavoo pinch pouch for leaders and such, and now, a baggy of SNACKS.
P.S.: I hope this brought a smile to ya’ll. Be safe out there.
P.P.S.: The larger size seen in the fish’s mouth actually worked really well in high water conditions…. Just sayin’.