Rubber San Juan Worms

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    Gary Worrall

    How about one of these,


    Here is an instructional video by Craig R. for his Wee Willie Wigler:

    Move to 4:32 to see how he burns the slit into the rubber.  He uses a bodkin.  My bodkin was not thin enough so I used a sewing needle held by a wine cork.

    His method of attaching to the hook is the best I have seen yet.  I have tied a few dozen using his technique for attaching.  Works very well.

    Also, applause to Craig.  Super-nice guy.  I spent about an hour with him at the last FFF event.


    I use super glue to fuse two pieces together, then a very small drop to attached to hook that has a thread base. then a very thin layer of brushable CCG. Holds up great


    Rob Snowhite

    Just ordered some of the worm material. Wasn’t about to fish this fly until a client swore by it for carp. As I haven’t landed a carp in months, I figure its a start. A slump buster if you will.

    I’ll report back. Prob will go to Walmart to get the parts on the toys that are thicker, mine is like angel hair pasta. From ebay.


    Rob Snowhite

    Ok, it worked.

    I have no shame in using this fly either. I went to a fly shop for supplies. I went to the craft store for supplies. I played around and I went out yesterday with some friends and we all caught fish. Some of which were rather big.

    I picked up the squirmy wormy materials by spirit river via Parker Flies on Ebay (I get a lot of stuff from them, fast and good prices). The material was too thin I thought. So I went to the craft store for some of the rubber wacky looking head creatures.

    I tied up a bunch of random flies

    I put them in my shirt pocket and headed out to the local tidal creek. The water was off color from a storm. Its usually crystal clear on the outgoing tide as there is a sewage discharge there. The fish love the cool water this time of year and in the winter they like it cus its warm.

    We had seen lots of large channel cats, largies, and carp the other day. I was saddened that I would not be able to sight cast.

    The fly that had two strands tied down in the middle worked best, on a weighted hook with a bead. The smaller worms got me one nice channel cat bounced off the bottom with a ‘b’ sized split shot.

    Met up with some others and we started to hook into fish right off the start.


    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Got a double there!

    How did you fish them Rob?


    Rob Snowhite

    The bass and bluegill were either caught under a thingamabobber or a hopper. The slower the twitch and bottom bounce the more action. Some bluegill hit them when the line was being lifted for the retrieve or just dragging the fly through the water walking down stream.

    The cat and big bass took them on small, short, subtle strips. Looking forward to using them with clients on Thurs!

    #NoShame !

    Mike Tolbert
    Mike Tolbert

    That is awesome Rob!

    Rob Snowhite
    Rob Snowhite

    Those above images are terrible, how that fly has advanced since then. I now use mono thread with the hook wrapped in lead wire. The mono is clear so it does not add unwanted color to the fly. The mono when pulled tight will pull into the grooves between the lead wraps and hold it all in place.

    I will be using this pattern again at this year’s Project Healing Waters 2-Fly tournament this weekend. My vet caught a 15″ rainbow on his first cast at last year’s event with this pattern.

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