Fly on demand Clamworm

It wont be long now. Before big herds of clamworms (nereis Virens) will start to swarm, at first you will find the in shallow fiords. The fishing when these worms swarm can be very exiting, the searuns tend to be very selective when consuming the worms in big numbers so a pattern or to in the flybox imitating a clamworm is something a scandinavian flyfisherman should have all year round.

Spotting this large orgy of food eating fish and worms fleeing for their lifes isnt hard to spot, simply keep an eye in the air, the searuns seems to get competition from seaguls who wants their share of worms aswell. Quite amusing to watch when big guls divebombs like a Stuka to get a worm before the hungry trouts.

John has fished for searun trout as long as he can remember and tied flies just as long. Back then before celluarphones, tablets, internet, and apple was something you ate. John tied imitations of clamworms. He tried different patterns but none of them seemed to work in a way that really pleased John. So he invented his own pattern.

This particular pattern is tied with a hook placed in the back of the fly, and the rest is tied on wires, and a conehead in the front, this way of tying gives the fly a very vibrant and lively look in the water. The wire pieces is bend like waddington shanks and put together, when the fly is tied like this it is rare that the fly actually tangles during casting and retrieving.

Sounds like pure madness ?


Materials used:

Owner chinu 50355

SLF dubbing color root beer

Malin or simmilar product

Copper or gold

Front hakcle:
Grizzly orange.

Grizzly natural:

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First put the hook in the vise, tie in the tail of grizzly approximatly 1,5 the lenght of the hook shank.

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Now dub the hook with SLF dubbing, you can choose to make a dubbing loop to get a more transparent, light body and more fluent transitions between the wire segments. But it is really not necessary, just dub it and comb it with a dubbingbrush.

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Get your Malin wire.

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And make a waddington shank, you can use a tube needle for bending the shanks, that will give you perfect round bends like the one john made in the picture.

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Thread the hookeye with your  waddington wire, now you will have to move the hook out of the vise and replacing it with the waddington wire, use your thread to secure the open side of the wire and dub it like you did with the hookshank.

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Continue this procedure 3-4 times ending up with the last waddington wire. Now before you make the last wire waddington it is important that you put on your conehead BEFORE making the last bend on the wire, otherwise you wont be able to fit your conehead on the wire. Bend the last part and thread it to the previous wire,like the picture.

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Dub the wire untill you reach the cone, tie in a grizzly feather in the tip, “double” the feather and wind it a couple of times, finish with a couple of halfhitces or whipfinish.

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Your fly should look somewhat like this.

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Last picture, please notice how light the segments are jointed.

This fly, no guaranties is given but almost, it works and has a nice record of catching nice searuns during the big clamworm swarms.

Fly tied by John Mortensen

Text: Allan and John.

3 svar til Fly on demand Clamworm

  1. Nauru says:

    Keep working ,fantastic job!

  2. mik says:

    den er super fed.. og let at binde men vær obs på at købe en wire der er tynd nok… malin 80 lbs er lige i overkanten… så hold jer til den 60 lbs som juóhn har brugt…

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