Worm and Egg Flies: "Spaghetti and Meatballs"

June 26, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Arkansas guide John Berry says that when it comes to high water, a San Juan worm and an egg pattern are perennial favorites among knowledgeable anglers. Besides, they are both incredibly easy to tie. “San Juan worms are the easiest fly there is to tie. They are essentially a strip of ultra chenille lashed to a hook. I tie two versions, a low water and a high water. I tie the low-water version on the Mustad 37160 hook (English bait hook). This is a heavy wire, wide-gapped hook that has an incredible amount of holding power. The hook is so heavy that it sinks like a rock particularly in the larger sizes. I tie them in size 8 and 16.” In the Baxter Bulletin.