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Jan 02 2012

Tying a San Juan Worm

This is another of those flies that everyone seems to talk about, tie, and fish, but nobody seems sure as to exactly how it’s tied. The method shown here is my favorite, but you will see plenty of others.

Rick Hafele, professional entomologist and fly-fishing author, tells me that the San Juan worm imitates an aquatic species of earthworm that is quite common. Its appearance is very close to that of the standard backyard earthworm-which may well explain the deadliness of the oft-mentioned boy with a bamboo stalk, a few feet of fishing line, and a worm on a hook. The San Juan Worm is often tied in red, but Rick says that the naturals are more of a brown or reddish brown.

These worms don’t swim, so they should be fished dead drift.

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