The Cluster Maggot is a dream find for any hungry trout, panfish or carp on the hunt. It’s likely that one of the first baits you used as a kid was a maggot on a hook, so you know how effective the off-white morsels are for catching. Now multiply this into a larger snack pack of a dozen maggots and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
The fly is tied in a similar manner as the Crystal Meth steelhead fly and finished like the San Juan Worm with a softly touched flame to the tips of each strand of chenille. If you do choose to target carp, I recommend using a heavier nymph hook for the fly.
Cluster maggot Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 419 #12-16 (or another dry fly hook)
Thread: Buttercup 6/0 (70d) (white or cream thread)
Body: White or cream Ultra chenille
Accent: Ice Dubbing Pearl UV (Golden Brown)
I ventured out to check out how my local stream fared over the winter and decided to tie a fly streamside. With a little luck, I was able to pind pretty much everything I needed to build a fine little Frenchie variation. I was hoping to find a pheasant tail, but what I ended up using actually worked pretty well. Enjoy.
Grizzled Frenchie Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #10-16
Weight: Lead wire
Thread: What ever you find
Tail: any feather fiber you find
Body: Grow a beard and trim as required
Rib: Scavenge from a utility box
Dubbing: shredded plastic
It’s winter, but Mike from the Wooly Bugged Youtube Channel doesn’t let that stop him from catching a creel’s worth of hungry bows and browns. Some superb winter fishing with his Squirmy Worm and a custom Hare’s Ear Stone.