When it comes to fly fishing, having the right fly pattern can make all the difference between a successful day on the water and going home “empty-handed”. One fly pattern that has gained popularity in recent years is the Walt’s Worm fly.
The Walt’s Worm is a simple but most popular competition jigs nymph fly pattern that was developed by Walt Young in the 1990s. It is a versatile pattern that can imitate a variety of aquatic insects, including mayfly nymphs, caddis larvae, and midge pupae.
Although an easy tie, there are a few nice techniques in this pattern that are worth learning.
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Walt’s worm fly pattern
- Hook: # 12 Barbless Jig
- Bead: Off Bead brass
- Under body: Lead wire
- Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Olive
- Body: Natural hares ear dubbing
Fly tying tools:
Walt’s worm how to tie
How to Fish a Walt’s Worm
The Walt’s Worm is an effective pattern for fishing in a variety of situations. It can be fished as a dropper nymph under a dry fly or indicator, or it can be fished on its own as a dead drift or swung through the current.
When fishing a Walt’s Worm, it is important to vary the retrieve speed and depth until you find what the fish are responding to. The pattern can be fished slowly along the bottom, twitched to imitate a struggling insect, or swung through the current to imitate a swimming nymph.
The Walt’s Worm is a simple but effective nymph fly pattern that should be a staple in every fly fisherman’s fly box. Its versatility and effectiveness make it a great choice for imitating a variety of aquatic insects, and its ease of tying makes it a great pattern for beginners and experienced tiers alike.