Mastering the Art of Tying the Squirmy Worm: A Fly Tying Tutorial
Welcome to a captivating journey into the world of fly tying, brought to you by Tim from Thursday Night Live Fly Tying and Fly Fishing, sponsored by Fly Fishing Bow River Outfitters and Western Canada Fly Fishing Guide School. In this Season 6 kickoff episode, we delve into the intricacies of tying one of the most effective and simple flies for fishing – the "Squirmy Worm." This tutorial is designed to guide both novice and experienced anglers through the process of creating this unique fly.
Gathering Your Materials
The beauty of the Squirmy Worm lies in its simplicity. The required materials are minimal, yet essential. You will need a well-curved hook, a small bead, the distinctive squirmy worm material – known for its flexible and rubbery texture – and thread for tying. While our expert Tim opts for UTC 140 in pink to match the worm's color, feel free to experiment with other colors like white or black, depending on your preference and fishing needs.
Setting Up for Success
The first step involves positioning the bead onto the hook. This is done by threading the hook through the smaller end of the bead, aligning it perfectly with the eye of the hook. Secure this setup in your fly-tying vice, and you're ready for the next crucial phase.
Mastering the Squirmy Worm Material
Handling the squirmy worm material can be challenging due to its rubbery nature. Tim demonstrates a unique technique using a loop of heavier thread to efficiently pull the material through the bead. This ensures that it protrudes just the right amount from the hook's eye, which is key to the fly's design and functionality. Patience and delicacy are required here to avoid damaging the material.
The Tying Process
With the material in place, the tying begins. Create a thread base along the hook, providing a surface for the squirmy worm material to grip. The wrapping technique is crucial; it involves creating segmented patterns along the hook, resembling a natural worm. Gentle, controlled thread wraps are essential to prevent twisting or overstretching the material.
Once you have achieved the desired length and segmentation, secure the material with tight thread wraps and trim the excess. A final whip finish at the back of the hook completes your Squirmy Worm. A crucial tip from Tim: avoid using any resin on the squirmy worm material, as it can cause deterioration.
Tim concludes the tutorial by underscoring the Squirmy Worm's effectiveness in fishing, particularly during challenging conditions. This fly can be a game-changer, often turning a tough day into a successful one. Whether you're new to fly tying or looking to add to your repertoire, the Squirmy Worm is a must-try. Stay tuned for more insightful episodes from Thursday Night Live Fly Tying and embark on your fly-tying adventure with confidence.
Happy tying, and see you on the water!