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.
Worms, those lowly things found in the dirt, composting piles, freshwater, and saltwater. They 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.
These Ruben Martin worm ties are only an appetiser. Follow Martin to start your wormology