Don's Fly Tying - the Green Blood Worm

[Green Blood Worm]

The other day my fishing partner of many years, Al Kouritzin and I tested a small lake east of Vernon, BC, where we have had success in previous years. The lake only seems to produce mid May to mid June and is usually slow but there are a few large and brilliant rainbows in this small body of water! On this trip, things did not bode well when on our arrival we met two fishermen who had spent three days camping and fishing the lake with only three fish to show for their efforts. This did not overly deter us as we each launched our car top boats using oars only as the lake is far too small to consider a motor! Well, at least for me the fishing was indeed slow. I tried chironomids extensively without a touch. The only strike I had was a solid fish that took me to my fly line backing, then refused to come near my boat after long minutes of tussle! The rainbow hit a green woolly bugger that I was casting from an anchored boat position. Just as I thought I could add some line pressure to bring the fish in, a sudden twist and my fly and the fish departed. On checking results with my friend Al, he reported two good hits and after about two hours, he landed a nice rainbow just under three pounds. Of course I asked what he was using and Al relied, "A green blood worm!" At the time, I wasn't sure what this was so when it was time to leave, I remembered to ask Al for a look at his successful fly. To my surprise, it was a large green blood worm tied in a similar fashion to red blood worms that I have used in the past. A very simple pattern but one cannot argue with its success on this very slow fishing day. I think it is fitting to share this pattern with you as our feature fly tying article for June!



Don't be afraid to tie this fly on a long hook even though it has the appearance of a chironomid! You can vary the green tone of the fly by using a thin under layer of dark or light green wool so start by separating the strands of a piece of green wool and wrap the hook shank bend to eye. I then use a light green coloured piece of larva lace to make the second wrap hook bend to hook eye covering the thin layer of wool. Because your larva lace is somewhat transparent, the green tone of the fly will be dictated by the green shade of the wool used underneath. That's all there is to it, tie off, cement, and you may have a fly that will work when conventional smaller chironomids fail!

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