Fly Tying Tutorials- the Antr(onW)ax Worm

sorry, couldn’t help it.., that should have been  Antron Wax WormWax Worms

“In the wild, they live as nest parasites in bee colonies and eat cocoons, pollen, and shed skins of bees, and chew through beeswax, thus the name.” for us fishos that means these are terrestrial wormies that apart from very rare occasions, never get anywhere close to to waterways, but !
i mean, hey, just look at these things and tell me fish aren’t going to be all over them in less time that it takes to ummmm… i don’t know, but let’s just say quick. real quick.

pros: they’re gummi-bear fatty and juicy and squirmy and they can’t escape. that all may sound like wishful anthropomorphic fish food reasoning but apart from being right, it also makes me feel good.
cons: none whatsoever. (that was easy !)

on to their imitative fly. i’ve seen all sorts of wax worm imitations and they all looked like, well… but this one ticks a lot of boxes. as mentioned in the vid, the very same Antron body will make an as-lovely caddis pupae abdomen and in my eyes, a skinnier version would be just as yum looking on any mayfly or whatever nymph.

simple and easy to tie, a little tip to get the first wrap of twisted Antron just right is to put a dab of superglue at the base of the fly and continue up from there.
a big thanks to HacklesAndWings for this great tutorial. enjoy !

anantron midge


for all of us that are in the warmer climes right now, it’s pretty certain there’s some major midge hatches going on. (i live right next to a canal now and the other night the ducks and fish where slurping an enormous hatch so loudly that i thought it was raining and triple-looked upwards, arms outstretched awaiting the much needed drops !)
the silhouette of this Antron Midge, an offshoot of the myriad collection of Lafontaine’s gems is just the ticket for these hatches. with the sunken abdomen and wings and legs sticking out all over, it’s all fish attracting strong silhouette and strong trigger points.

as my own offshoot to this great pattern, several years ago i started tying it with a few variances.
– using a light wire grub/scud hook because i firmly believe they hold fish better and to further pronounce the curved submerged body of chironomids while they’re doing their emerging thing and,
– not including the wing which makes the pattern more of a ‘generic bug’ if the fish aren’t specifically clued-in on midges.
– replacing the Antron with a material that floats better: polypropylene, Aerowing or any other hollow-fibered synthetic or cdc or thin translucent foam sheets often used to protect electronic equipment.
– not really a variance but to turn this fly into a very good winged ant pattern without changing anything else,  all it would take is to shorten the body by stopping the thread winding at the start of the bend instead of going down towards the curve, not place the rib and build up a bulge to give it that sexy plumpish ant abdomen profile. bingo !

now to be honest, even if the fly above is excellent, the video below isn’t the most interesting. we can hardly see what’s going on and it’s rather clumsy and hum-drum to say the least. the photo above should suffice to get this pattern right but i chose to include the clip just to show you how easy this fly is to tie.