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The Woolly Worm

Posted by Steve Galea at

The Woolly Worm is one of the most well-known wet flies. It has been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. The best part is it is still effective today.

For those newcomers who have never tied one, here's the recipe:

Hook: Mustad 9672 (or your preferred streamer hook) in the size you like. I prefer 8s to 12s.

Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0

Tail: Red yarn (You can buy yarn from us or ask a knitter you know for a yard of it.)

Hackle: Colour that suits body. (Black, Olive and Grizzly are common.)

Body: Chenille (with thickness to suit hook size; you don't want it blocking the gap.)  Black, yellow, are common but variegated, ice chenille and other colours colours are also used.)

 This is an excellent pattern in that it is effective and also a foundation for other more complex patterns. Every angler should have a few.


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