Charlie Has Worms! This is what happens when you leave a San Juan Worm and a Gotcha locked in a fly box together. Well, my Crazy Charlie got mixed up with a Squirmy Wormy. I ordered some sea anemone aquarium decorations to play around with. I like this material as it has some incredible stretch and doesn’t cut too easily with thread. I use 6/0 thread and haven’t had any slice through. The material has a good stretch and is really durable. The hardest part of the fly is getting the tentacle to sit right. Make sure to tie into the bend and have a look at the tail before you commit to it.
So, the pattern came to me not long ago while tying an order of Squirmy Wormy flies for a client. I found the aquarium sea anemone while searching for more worms and thought it would be worth a try. http://amzn.to/2D2EVgI – (Amazon affiliate link) there are a few different colors, orange, pink, purple, green, yellow and blue. This might also be a good start to a bass or carp fly. I’ll have to keep messing around.
Charlie Has Worms Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2-8
Thread: Pink Unithread 6/0 (140d)
Eyes: 3.2mm Silver bead chain
Tail: Silicone tentacle
Body: Pearl Flashabou 8-10 strands
Wing: Light pink fox or craft fur
Flash: U.V. pearl ice dubbing
If you like this pattern, check out the Crazy Charlie.
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
I love the look of this white shrimp with it’s the minimal hint of pink added to the rear. The fly uses Spey hackles for the body and nice buggy dubbing. I’d like to try out this fly pattern in a couple shades of pink and orange for the west coast steelhead. The fly has a wonderful profile when wet and is a relatively simple pattern to tie.
Youtube Channel: Hedroninc
Website: Hedron Inc
When Nick ran into oldtimer Marsh Demott and was told about this fishcatcher, he paid attention. He took the original pattern and made a couple minor adjustments. The Foxy Shrimp, as the name implies is a fox hair based shrimp. The pattern takes advantage of both a section of dubbing loop and a wire brush. The video also gives you a good overview of some of the newer Loon tying tools. The bright yellow should stand out on a messy desk and allow you to quickly find your tools. Hope to see the Loon Nit Picker added to the line-up soon.
If you want a kit with everything you need to tie this pattern, you can find it here on Nick’s site.
Foxy Shrimp Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Daiichi 2546 #2
Thread: 210 FWN (Yellow)
Tail: Natural bucktail
Flash: Gold crystal flash
Eyes: Crustacean Eyes
Body: Arctic fox and EP 1.5″ Foxy Brush
Weed Guard: 40lb mono
Youtube Channel: In The Riffle
Youtube Video: Mega Prince fly tying video