Fly Tying- the Chammy Worm

” Some like it and some don’t ! “

too bad for the ‘don’t’ crowd because for the ‘do’ers’, this simplest among simplest to tie flies is also one of most catchiest there is because almost every fish you’d care to catch on a fly rod happily eats worms: ’nuff said.

notice how the beadhead/chamois skin combo is positioned towards the rear 2/3rds of the hook shank, this helps (a little) in preventing the chammy skin from wrapping around the hook whilst casting. what really helps most in that regard is to keep casts short and mostly to use Oval/Elliptic/Belgian two-plane casts for thes bugs just as one would when casting flies that have limp materials extending behind the hook gape.

fishing-wise, real worms get regularly washed into river systems during storms or heavy rains so the obvious time to use their imitations is after a spate but we all know that worms catch fish anytime and anywhere so…

apart from the hook and thread there’s only two materials, a beadhead (optional) and the most important element to get the all-important wormy goodness; real chamois skin or more correctly, chamois leather.
substitute synthetic ‘skins’ may seem ok when they’re dry but the wormy goodness of the real skin really gets its effect when wet. it’s even slimy to the touch ! (if that doesn’t get your fishing fingers twitching you might as well take up golf. or curling).
i somewhat regulary see these skins in the auto parts section in stores (these skins are par to none in getting a spotless finish on a vehicle after its been washed) but they can also be found on Amazon, Ebay, etc.
they’re not the cheapest of tying materials but a portion will easily make hundreds or more flies, maybe an expense to share with mates.

once again, ’nuff said. enjoy !

fly tying- whipping up a fluff cat

by Matthew Pate via HMHFlyFishing

at first glance, this Cat might look like any other bunny-leech type streamer/lure/attractor fly but on second look there’s that green skirt made of Chrystal Hackle or Pseudo Hackle, a fine-fibred synthetic wrapped as one would a feather hackle in between the tail and body that sets this pattern apart from typical B-Leeches for two reasons-
firstly, the green fibres blend in with the bodies’ bunny hair acting as a subtle yet strong trigger point for the fish to see from a distance.
and secondly, because its a little stiffer than bunny fur (what isn’t… ) the green skirt puffs out the bodies’ hair a little and gives a bigger profile to the body when wet and this bigger body in turn makes the tail wiggle more.
it’s a hydrodynamic turbulence thing and for us fishers it a really good thing as this lets the tail waggle sexily without having to speed up line retrieve and this gives the fish plenty of time see and get dazzled and seduced by all this tail action !

designed as a stillwater lure, a little tweaking here and there like adding bead-chain eyes or dumbells or a lead wire underbody to add more weight and in different sizes and colours to match your area makes this basic design a really basic fly for just about any waters. well tied and well explained, we can tell Matthew doesn’t just slap on materials onto a hook. take note of all the finer details in this fly’s construction and you won’t go wrong. enjoy !