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Old 05-17-2020, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today Charlie sent me a pic of a fly he wanted to tie, and it reminded me of a fly I learned to tie over 20 years ago at a FFF conclave. The tyer, who showed me the fly, (the years have removed his name from my memory) used it for reds in the Tampa area. It seems in the winter there were several sandbars with a lot of reds but they were picky and spooky. He noticed numerous small holes in the sand and discovered that they were the burrows of polycheate worms, so he developed this pattern to imitate them.
It starts with size medium Rainy's float foam (about 1/4" in diameter)

and estaz crystal chenille, at the time I learned to tie this using estaz brand was important as other brands of crystal chenille would unravel if a cut end was unsecured. The original pattern called for rootbeer estaz but mine was hiding so I used red instead. Also hiding were the Eagle claw L066 hooks that I used to tie them on (size 4 or 6).
To tie, size XS lead eyes are tied on a size 4 or 6 long shank light wire hook
(I used an Umpqua #6 streamer hook, then some an estaz 1 1/2 to 2 times the hook length is tied in at the bend, without cutting the eastaz wrap the rest forward and tie off behind the eyes.

cut a piece of the float foam around 3/8" long and split it nearly in two with a razor but make sure to leave a small hinge.
About 1/2" from the end on the tail glue the foam to the estaz with super glue. It is easier if you trim some of the fuzzy stuff off the estaz first.
When the glue is dry color the foam with a sharpie to match the estaz.
When fishing the fly is cast ahead of a feeding fish and not moved. It represents a worm sticking out of its burrow.

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Is it similar to palolo worms?
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Is it similar to palolo worms?
yes, palolo worms are a type of polychaete worm
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Since you mention palolo worms Denny, My tarpon fishing buddy who normally lives in Carrabelle, has been staying in Big Pine Key this spring, He has been crushing tarpon on this worm fly



foam strip colored red for the tail. tan dubbing for the head then tan foam tied over, gurgler style. got to fish it with a two handed strip
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BigPineKey.....Sigh...
Marvin the manatee, key deer, Poons!
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Got this on the MicroSkiff site
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