The Gut Bomb Bloodworm

Curtis Fry - January, 2013

In my way of thinking, the chironomid larva is the hotdog of the stillwater trout world. Plump, juicy, full of tasty goodness and they're all over the place.

If you stillwater fish at all, you're no doubt familiar with Phil Rowley. He has done an excellent job on his website documenting many stillwater bugs, but of particular interest is his page on chironomids. As he points out and shows, via some excellent photos, there are several aspects of the bloodworm that are noteworthy.

Beyond the color, slender profile and overall size/shape, the biggest thing that jumps out is the translucency. You can literally see the innards of these critters. So with that banging around in my half-empty skull for a few days last year, I started to mess around at the vise. Many iterations later and some well placed field experiments, I'm pretty happy with this pattern as it has evolved.

While I went from a variety of colors of materials, ribbing, threads and hooks, I settled on what gave the best translucent effect. Plain ol' clear scud back, midge flash, Thread and the key ingredient: Loon UV Fly Finish

As you'll see in the video that follows, the UV Resin allows you to keep a slender profile, but still build up a translucent "shell" around the guts while still holding the color of the Sharpies. You can mix and match colors from all red, to red/tan or red/green or anywhere in between. Just use different Sharpies.

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 310 BL Buzzer Hook - 10
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Black
  • Body: Scud Back - Clear - 1/8"
  • Ribbing: Midge Flash - Cream
  • Body Coat: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

$16.99
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Scud Back
Scud Back
Scud Back

Scud Back

$2.25
Midge Flash
Midge Flash

Midge Flash

$4.99
Hanak H 310 BL Buzzer Hook
Hanak H 310 BL Buzzer Hook

Hanak H 310 BL Buzzer Hook

$8.95