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One of the many species, saltwater or freshwater, teased into a bite under adverse conditions. It is fished natural float mid-water or bumped along the bottom in a pure nymphing presentation. Worms are without border travelers. This San Juan Glo-Bug is pro-guide tied. The illustration above of the rainbow trout [Oncorhynchus mykiss], brown trout [Salmo trutta], and brook trout [Salvelinus fontinalis – a char genus] are by world-class watercolorist Thom Glace and used with permission. You can see his work here . . .

By Skip Clement

Over several decades, many destinations in every continent, and home waters of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Idaho, South Florida, and now the foothills of the Appalachians in North Georgia, I’ve learned to make friends with professional fly fishing guides who tie their flies. They are the fishing diviners of the fly fishing world I know.

What does that mean?

Superior guides will almost always tie flies because they have only one objective in mind: their clients catch fish in their fishery. 

In many cases, guides find that a named fly’s recipe lacks some fundamental need of the principal target species in their fishery. Then, of course, there are some flies without borders, like the Woolly Bugger. Still, it gets a modifying haircut or fitted with something new or deleted from it that better interests targeted species in distant fisheries. 

Seldom do pro fly fishing guides that I speak of tie flies that involve dozens of steps, consume a lot of time and materials, and require expensive, hard to come by recipe ingredients. 

The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) has a native range of the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins from southern Quebec to Minnesota and south to the Gulf. Its native range also includes the Atlantic Slope drainages from North Carolina to Florida, and the Gulf Slope drainages from southern Florida into northern Mexico. As a non-native it can also be found worldwide. Photo by Eric Szkodny – a commons image.

The worm

Worms, those lowly things found in the dirt, composting piles, freshwater, and saltwater, provide meals for other aquatic life, birds of any stripe, and game fish of almost every species.

A pro fly fishing guide once told me that she could catch anything that swam in Pennsylvania with a worm and do so at almost any time of the year? I said, what about steelhead? She replied, “Not a problem-prefer them.”

“I catch a ton of trout and steelhead on worms and do better than with manny so-called ‘classics.’ New clients usually look at me with great doubt, but soon disbelief turns to a grin.

Worms are like candy to a fat kid, they just can’t resist them.

A Reece’s Glo Worm will catch just as many trout and steelhead as live worms do under most river conditions.”

 Watch this video, copy the tie, and you will be set free


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