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Monday, April 14, 2014

I've Got Worms

Turn your last resort into your first choice

Spinoff of Mickey's UV Juan


Several years ago before the age of crazy work schedules and kids, I found myself fishing my favorite tailwater a couple times a week.  One day I hiked down to my favorite hole to find that the water levels had risen just enough to make the fishing more difficult, and I was hiving to re-think my whole strategy about fly presentation.  This was frustrating because my go-to super special sauce flies weren't getting the love that they surely required.  I found a slower eddy, and finally managed a pretty little brown that surely was starving.  When I reached down to take my fly out, I noticed that the fish had been absolutely gorging itself on aquatic worms - so much so that there were worms all caught in its teeth.  I reached for the box that I kept at the bottom of my pack (because it was embarrassing to have a box full of nothing but worms) and tied on what would save the day for me, but more importantly, that fish taught me that maybe my box of undesirables should see some playing time with the starting team.

Dumb fish?


Many years later, I still had respect for the worm, but it went to a much higher level after working in a fly shop with Mickey Anderson for a short time.  Mickey is one of the most analytic anglers that I know and he always takes into account many variables when he fishes.  I was asking him about his favorite nymph rig, and I was expecting to hear about some micro pattern that had several colors from the spectrum and a special way to present the flies.  His reply was "BIG, on a shallow rig."  He then showed me the fly called the UV Juan that was doing most of the catching.  I had the same reaction that many of the people I fish with now have - yeah right...  I tied some up, and was glad that I did because it is a legitimate fish catcher.  The UV Juan is now a production fly from Umpqua*, and I have tied many spin offs that work great.  The constant that I have found with worm patterns similar to Mickey's is that they need some type of UV quality.  In the case of the UV Juan, the UV "hot-spot" is created by adding a small section of cinnamon UV Ice Dub at some point on the fly.  

By adding worms to your starting team instead of bringing them off the bench, you can turn a bad fishing day into a good day and a good fishing day into a great fishing day.

*For you Salt Lake City anglers, the UV Juan is available at Fish Tech where Mickey works.

Cheech

Cream UV Juan
UV Juan

Hook: Gamakatsu Drop Shot 1/0
Body: Cream poly yarn
Hotspot: Cinnamon UV ice dub
Orange UV Juan

Pig Sticker

Wire Worm
 




UV Juan

Hook: Gamakatsu wacky worm 1/0
Body: Orange backing or twisted tying thread
Hotspot: Cinnamon UV ice dub







Pig Sticker

Hook: Gamakatsu Drop Shot 1/0
Underbody: About a pound of lead
Body: Maroon floss
Hotspot: Shell pink tying thread






Wire Worm

Hook: TMC 200R #4
Body: Red wire from the craft store
Hotspot: Shell pink tying thread







This is just dirty....

12 comments:

  1. that wire worm looks just like the annelid worms we used to tie up and fish on the san juan only we used d-rib. also we would use krystal flash as an under wrap.

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  2. Did Mickey use the Gammi drop shot hook on his original UV Juan, or is that a Fly Fish Food innovation? Wouldn't surprise me since you guys are as bassy as I am. I just ask because that's the same hook I used for my Candy Crane (cranefly larva) and that would just be one more instance of us being on the exact same wavelength lately. We must be geniuses, right? ;)

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    1. Duh, geniuses of course. That's why you need to fish with us one of these trips. Get off yer duff!

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  3. Whats the recipe on that last monstrosity?

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    1. Ultra Chenille and Ice dub. Just match a jig hook and barbell eyes...

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  4. Actually try using the red hook buck naked, if it is not kirbed just bend the bend so the hook point does not line up with the shank - great bloodworm 'fly.'

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  5. love the title haha. No vladi? It's okay, I haven't caught a fish on that pattern in quite a while...I think it has hook gap problems in the bigger sizes. These flies look killer.

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  6. Have you tried the Finesse Wide Gap hook from Gami? Awesome stinger hook as well as worm hook!

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  7. Hey Cheech what are the materials of that first image of the "spinoff of Mickey's UV Juan"??? I tie something similar but I'm curious what you are using for that.

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    1. It's like a Uni Stretch type material and some cinnamon UV Ice Dub. The different colored bands are just made with a marker.

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  8. I have been guided by a professional angler that it becomes far easier to catch the desirable species of fishes if you know which type of fishing baits are going to attract them the most.

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