Worm fly (long shank variation)

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If Stan Headley says this fly is indispensable that’s good enough for me.
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I was tying them before I had even heard of Stan they were in a magazine over 20 years ago an all black one is good, I think they are not so much a worm as a Damsel fly nymph, just a thought easker1
 

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I was tying them before I had even heard of Stan they were in a magazine over 20 years ago an all black one is good, I think they are not so much a worm as a Damsel fly nymph, just a thought easker1
Stan doesn’t lay any claim to them. Just has them in his book ‘Flies of Scotland’. Yeah I think I’ll tie up a few in black to.
 

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Never seen his book , one of the local lads tied one with blue hackles , I didn't hear how he got on, thinking about this the one I saw was in a book on Welsh patterns, easker1
 

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Never seen his book , one of the local lads tied one with blue hackles , I didn't hear how he got on, thinking about this the one I saw was in a book on Welsh patterns, easker1
I’ve got the Scottish, Irish and Welsh books. As you would expect a lot of crossover and debate about what originated where?
Just glad lockdown restrictions eased and I can get out to fish with them.
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I used to do well early season with one tied with an orange tag and hot orange hackles. I don’t know where that version originated from but I first saw it in a Headley article. Haven’t used it for twenty years for some reason, might give one a run out for old times sake.


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I used to do well early season with one tied with an orange tag and hot orange hackles. I don’t know where that version originated from but I first saw it in a Headley article. Haven’t used it for twenty years for some reason, might give one a run out for old times sake.


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I’m going to give them a wet at Newton tomorrow. Will let you know how I get on.
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Used to tie them back in the 80's, but I tied in tandem with a stiff link placing the back hook with the gape pointing upwards.
Was quite a deadly pattern.

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Used to tie them back in the 80's, but I tied in tandem with a stiff link placing the back hook with the gape pointing upwards.
Was quite a deadly pattern.

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Yes that’s in the book to. There are quite a few variations.
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The Wormfly is in Vol 2 of Tom Stewart's '50 Popular Flies' (and how to tie them). First published in 1964.

Here is a scan of it...



Col
I inherited those four volumes from my father. Very informative. Amazing how flytying standards have improved since those days!
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Just purely a personal opinion...

I wouldn't ever bother trying to tie it on a longshank hook. What is the point? There are 1001 patterns better suited to tying on a longshank hook than trying to tie 2 red tags, fore and aft. If you want to fish 2 red tags, tie a wormfly the way Tom Stewart does.

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but it did say a long shank Hook? it's a one that I use rather than faff about joining the hooks and it works well enough for me, easker1
 

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but it did say a long shank Hook? it's a one that I use rather than faff about joining the hooks and it works well enough for me, easker1

Like I said... just purely a personal opinion. If I'm starting with a longshank hook, there's 101 flies I would tie before I tied 2 red tags fore-and-aft on it.

But I'm not knocking it for anyone who it works for...

Col
 

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Incidentally always meant to find out what the older writers are on about when they say things like size 14 or 12 old style.
 

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Like I said... just purely a personal opinion. If I'm starting with a longshank hook, there's 101 flies I would tie before I tied 2 red tags fore-and-aft on it.

But I'm not knocking it for anyone who it works for...

Col
Wow there's a surprise, easker1
 

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