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How to Tie the Squirmy Wormy

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “The Squirmy Wormy in all its incarnations, like Merlin, is a dream to some and a nightmare to others. But no matter where you land, there are two absolute truths. One, these things catch fish just about anywhere at anytime. And two, the material used to tie them can be a royal pain to work with. The problem is the extremely wiggly material does not play well with tying thread, adhesives, nothing. And even if you are able to get it locked down in a reasonable orientation on the hook, your thread will have likely cut well into the material, significantly weakening it.

Here’s my version of the Squirmy Wormy that incorporates a simple trick that helps to alleviate some of the attachment problems.”

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  • Sam Bishop

    Reminds me of another application for plastic. In the Pacific surf, plastic “motor oil” grubs work well for perch. (Also they work well for bass anywhere.) But for a fly rod you can’t just hook through the body, it will sling off in a few casts. So I lay down a bed of thread, then slice with a razor blade about 1/2 to 3/4 up from the bottom, lengthwise (tail up), insert some glue, push the grub down over it and “Palmer” the thread across the body up and down once. Then tie off at the eye. That will last quite awhile, or until the perch bite the tail off.