How to tie the Strap-On Squirmie Worm

A super effective and easy to tie high-water pattern

If you've ever fished a squirmie worm, you already know how effective they can be. Something about the undulating rubber material just drives Trout and other fish species crazy. It's so effective that some purists won't be caught dead with them in their fly box. Not us. We use them fairly often, in quite a few water types and at different times of the year, and they consistently produce. When tied on a jig hook, they work great as a quick-to-tie anchor fly as well. 

While the squirmito material has many upsides, it also comes with a handful of downsides. For one thing, it's not the easiest material to tie with. It always wants to spin around the hook, the thread just wants to cut through it, and there's always a fine balance of stretching it just enough to tie in, but not so much that you break it.

The other problem one quickly finds when fishing it is that fish will grab onto the worm part and not always the hook, and break the "magic" wiggly bit off, essentially rendering the fly useless.  Ben shows us a unique way to tie it to fix all of those problems.

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