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Tying a Dirty Martini Nymph Fly pattern for trout – Ep147 PF #PiscatorFlies

Hey Thread Heads, I just received my order of Firehole stones in the mail. I’ve been anxious to get these as I had a few patterns I was wanting to tie for the channel. The Dirty Martini nymph is modeled after the cocktail and the olive bead with its red eyes mimic the olive often found swimming in the glass.

I’ve taken this pattern through a number of different versions before hitting on this configuration. The seal dubbing is great for a natural collar and it can be brushed out to mimic legs. If you do not have access to seal, another dubbing like Simi-seal, Antron, or ice dubbing should fill in fine.

Dirty Martini Nymph Fly pattern RecipeHook: Firehole 633 #10-18
Bead: Firehole Tungsten Olive
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Tail: Hungarian partridge fibers
Rib: Silver wire (brassie)
Body: Gold Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing
Thorax: Olive seal dubbing or similar
Eyes: Red paint (nail polish)

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Tying a Squirmy Wormy With the Wooly Piscator

Love it or loathe it, the Squirmy Wormie has wiggled its way into countless fly bins around the world. As you’ll see, the fly is really quite simple to tie, but this squishy material poses a few problems that need a bit of experience to overcome. The Squirmy is a cousin to the infamous San Juan Worm. Mike from Wooly Bugged has a version which uses a high contrasting color of brass bead. This acts as an additional trigger for trout and panfish. You can watch Mike pickup a few in the video below.

First off, the material can be a little delicate. I find the strength can vary a little bit package to package, but it is highly elastic and quite lively. Secondly, it may be a little tough to position properly on the hook shank. I’ve found that adding a base layer of thread, tying the material in at the side and by stretching it while using a pinch wrap help to position the worm in the proper position. Lastly, it doesn’t work well with glues and adhesives. Some glues just don’t hold on while others will eat through it. It’s best just to make a couple secured whip finishes. You’ll also want to keep them out of the heat and store them in a cool dark spot.

Squirmy Wormie fly pattern recipe

Squirmy Wormie fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S60-3399A #10-16
Bead: Brass or Tungsten Fl. Chartreuse
Thread: Red (match body) FWN (210d)
Tails: Squirmy Wormies
Body: Squirmy Wormies

If you like this pattern, check out the Steelhead Squirmy Wormy.

Sources

Wooly Bugged Blog: https://www.woolybugged.com
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies | Wooly Bugged
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Muir Boatman tied by Darren MacEachern

I love tying and fishing waterboatman fly patterns. I find them particularly useful in the early spring and the fall. This pattern uses a shiny Flashabou shellback and is weighted for a quick descent. If you can’t or do not want to use lead, I recommend tying this in a beaded or beadhead version. Just be sure to use a black colored bead for that application.

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Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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