Dec 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm #6792
Anyone tried these new jelly-gummy-rubber worm things yet? Someone at my office hooked me up with this. I am thinking of using heat shrink tubing rather than thread to lash it to a hook, cause I think thread would slice it in two.
ZachDec 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm #59259
Have many friends that use those balls for such purposes. Reports indicate they make excellent flies.Dec 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm #59260Kelly GlissmeyerMember
Super Glue?Dec 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm #59261benjamin sandovalMember
A buddy of mine uses those rubber wormy balls for tying a carp pattern. The rubber fly seems to work well for him as he’s always showing off huge carp photos.
You could also try using round rubber legs for a San Juan worm. The only thing is you need to tie it with loose thread wraps so you won’t cut through the rubber. The rubber seems to give the worm a nice action in moving water.Dec 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm #59262Neal OsbornMember
Craig Riendeau (Crawdad Craig) has a deadly pattern employing the rubber tassle toys that is very similar to a SJW.Dec 17, 2011 at 1:42 am #59263
If these are any good, they could provide a lifetime supply:
I imagine they could provide a fun way for kids to make flies and could be used on some other patterns.Dec 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm #59264
I wasn’t able to locate any clear heat-shrink, but I am told it exists. I grabbed some black just to see if it would work; sure does, works great.
ZachDec 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm #59265Colin M.Member
Totally cheating! that is not a fly lol…Dec 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm #59266benjamin sandovalMember
That’s an interesting idea, I like it.
I have the clear heat shrink in 1/16″ and 3/32″. I might be able to spare a few tubes. What size are you using for the San Juan?Dec 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm #59267Mike AndersonMember
I picked one up a couple years ago in case I ever go back to the Keys and find myself in the middle of Tarpon exploding on Palolo worms. I have one that should be a dead ringer for those worms.Dec 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm #59268Justin WittMember
What I’ve done in the past is to simply thread-wrap the hook, coat the thread-wrap in head cement, then actually thread the rubber worm onto the hook while that head cement is still wet.Dec 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm #59269
I am not under any illusions about this as a “fly.”Dec 19, 2011 at 3:32 am #59270Tim PommerMember
Look up Dave Hise’s squirmy wormy. Casters Fly Shop, somewhere in North Carolina.Dec 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm #59271bill heffnerMember
When I tie rubber SJW I use the rubber band from a celery stalk.Dec 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm #59272randy ratliffMember
……..Dec 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm #59273Brad EatonMember
I’ve seen guys use the rubber worm things before and they melted them, then super glued them as tentacles for crawfish patterns.Dec 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm #59274Neal OsbornMember
I think he used something like a bodkin to melt part of it and because the middle is hollow, it sits on the hook well with just a bit of super glue.
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In case anyone was curious, the product linked below arrived today.Dec 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm #59276Mark SchaferMember
When I tie rubber SJW I use the rubber band from a celery stalk. It is lively and you can make it any size..
Those things are like duct tape I save them all, just refitted my duck decoys using them to hold the line and weight to the keel.Jan 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm #59277Jack CummingsMember
I took a couple Project Healing Waters veterans to a patch of private water here in NC. The fishing was tough. One of the gents had a few of Hess’s Squirmy Wormy’s and when he tried it he found just the ticket to wake up those sluggish fish.
I bought a few packs of the material from Dave at the Asheville fly fishing show and have been playing with the stuff a bit. The glow-in-the-dark white really woke the fish up at a club outing for a member I was mentoring.
It seems like cheating but still… the damn things catch fish!
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