Squirmy Wormy

Cheech - December, 2018

Have you ever run into "that guy" who refuses to fish anything but a dry fly tied with all natural materials. He's constantly dropping names about Thomas VanSomethingorother, or Frederick Whogivesadamn who personally gifted him a package of urine stained stag fibers back in '72. The funny thing about this guy is that you typically have these conversations with him in a shop, at an expo, on the fancy interwebs, and most of all - NEVER on the water. He never brings up fly selection on the water because he's got the same box we all have. The box that is so full of unmentionables that we prefer to leave it in the back corner of our vest, boat bag, or non denominational and unigender sling pack. When the fish aren't sipping his "classic" dry flies, they are secretly gorging on protein under the surface, so he'll give a look over each shoulder and make sure there isn't anyone impressionable at his six before he ties on the fish catching filth. I get it... It's all about getting a bit of bendo in your rod - regardless of the heathen status you must achieve to get it. There is a bit of "that guy" in all of us... Instead of creating a line of T-shirts that say "Elite AF," I decided to dedicate almost a full month of tying to the nasty, filthy, low down squirmy wormy. This pattern can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be mostly because even the really poorly tied ones will catch fish. The main thing that I tried to achieve is a uniform body and durability. I was able to dial down a cool technique for the uniform body, but as far as durability, I dud lots of tests, and the main factor to make your squirmies last longer, is to keep them cool. Extreme heat is the squirmy's kryptonite. The good thing is that you can tie them in a vast array of colors and weight profiles. Tie some up and get DIRRRRRTY on the water. ~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel - 8
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Red
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Blood Red - 5/32" (3.8mm)
  • Tail/Body: Spirit River Squirmy Wormies - San Juan Red
  • Tools Used: Loon Soft Head - Clear,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

$1.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

$6.50
Spirit River Squirmy Wormies
Spirit River Squirmy Wormies
Spirit River Squirmy Wormies
Spirit River Squirmy Wormies
Spirit River Squirmy Wormies

Spirit River Squirmy Wormies

$3.50
Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel
Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel

Fulling Mill 5115 Heavyweight Grub Hook Barbless, Black Nickel

$12.95
Loon Soft Head
Loon Soft Head
Loon Soft Head

Loon Soft Head

$3.75