Rubber San Juan Worms

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    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    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.

    Zach

    #59259

    Have many friends that use those balls for such purposes.  Reports indicate they make excellent flies.

    #59260

    Super Glue?

    #59261

    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.

    #59262

    Neal Osborn
    Member

    Craig Riendeau (Crawdad Craig) has a deadly pattern employing the rubber tassle toys that is very similar to a SJW.

    #59263

    If these are any good, they could provide a lifetime supply:

    http://www.officeplayground.com/Spaghetti-Ball-Mondo-Glow-P1157.aspx

    I imagine they could provide a fun way for kids to make flies and could be used on some other patterns.

    #59264

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    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.

    Zach

    #59265
    Colin M.
    Colin M.
    Member

    Totally cheating! that is not a fly lol…

    #59266

    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?

    #59267

    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.

    #59268
    Justin Witt
    Justin Witt
    Member

    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.

    #59269

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Justin –

    I am not under any illusions about this as a “fly.”

    #59270

    Tim Pommer
    Member

    Look up Dave Hise’s squirmy wormy. Casters Fly Shop, somewhere in North Carolina.

    #59271

    bill heffner
    Member

    When I tie rubber SJW I use the rubber band from a celery stalk.

    #59272

    ……..

    #59273

    Brad Eaton
    Member

    I’ve seen guys use the rubber worm things before and they melted them, then super glued them as tentacles for crawfish patterns.

    #59274

    Neal Osborn
    Member

     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.  

    ::) ::) ::) 😉 😉 😉

    #59275

    In case anyone was curious, the product linked below arrived today.

    #59276
    Mark Schafer
    Mark Schafer
    Member

    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.

    #59277

    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!

    Here’s a lot of info:
    http://www.castersonlineflyshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_115_196&products_id=1191

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