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The Bead Worm
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Hook:    Klinkhamar 1160 or 1170 (#12-#16)
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70 Red
Body:    Red or Green Holographic Mylar
Rib #1: Red V-Rib
Rib #2: Fine Gold, Copper or Silver Wire
Head:    8/0 Red Glass Bead


Stillwaters featuring muddy bottoms are home to epidemic populations of chironomids, many reaching appreciable sizes. Larva, pupa and adults of the larger chironomid species have been affectionately christened "bombers", a season long morsel few trout resist. In the early spring and late fall these lesser known stillwater staples migrate. In the spring larvae migrate from the deep to the shallows and vise versa in the fall as the larva escape the lethal effects of the approaching winter. Other aquatic insects mirror this behavior and as a result anglers should consider deep to shallow presentations in the spring and shallow to deep water in the fall.

The Bead Worm targets the larger more mature stages of the chironomid life cycle. The contrasting V-Rib and wire segmentation over the holographic Mylar makes a convincing imitation. Although many anglers are familiar with red or maroon colored larva there are species displaying a unique barber pole combination of green and red. For this larval color scheme consider the holographic green and red combination. What ever the choice present this design near the bottom. My favorite method involves a floating line and long leader of 15 feet or more. Leaders should be 25 percent longer than the water is deep.

Tying Instructions


De-barb a Klinkhamar hook and slide a red glass bead onto the shank and forward to the hook eye.  Place the hook into the jaws of the vise.  Attach the tying thread directly behind the glass bead and cover the hook shank with tying thread.  Using open wraps spiral the tying thread back to the rear of the glass bead.  Tie in the ribbing material along the entire length of the hook.



Take a length of V-Rib and trim one end to a point.



Tie in the V-Rib by the point on top of the hook shank so the flat side faces upward.  Once initially tied in by the point, pull on the V-Rib to reduce bulk, use tight thread wraps to secure. Bind the red holographic Mylar in place along the hook shank.  Advance the tying thread forward to the rear of the bead.



Wind the holographic Mylar forward over the hook in close touching turns.  There should be no gaps between the wraps.  Use appropriate tension when wrapping to keep the body slender and neat.  Wind the V-Rib forward in open wraps.  Position the V-Rib during the initial wrap so that the round side faces out.  Tie off the V-Rib and remove the excess.  Spiral the wire rib along either the front edge or rear edge of the V-Rib.  Tie off the wire and twist and break away the excess.  Cover the tie off area with tying thread whip finish and then coat the entire fly with brushable super glue for added durability and shine.


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