FOSAF NEWS - April fly of the month: Bloodworm larva by South Coast Fly Anglers.

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  This pattern has been taken from The Flytyers Companion by Mike Davies.

  

 

Materials:

  Hook: #8 to #10 sedge or grub hook .

  Thread: Red.

  Body: Flat red tinsel.

  Rib: Oval or round tinsel.

  Thorax: Red dubbing.

  Head: Red thread.

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1. Dress the hook down to the start of the bend

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 2. Secure the rib and wrap around the bend.

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 3. Return the thread to the thorax area and tie in the flat tinsel.

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 4. Wrap the flat tinsel to the bend of the hook and return to the thorax area.

 

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 5. Secure the tinsel and trim the excess.

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 6. Rib the shank of the hook. (Opposite direction to that in which the flat tinsel was wrapped.)

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 7. Secure the rib and dub the thread.

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 8. Form the thorax with the dubbed thread. Remove the excess dubbing, form a neat head with thread, whip finish and secure with head cement.

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How to fish it

This a popular stillwater fly which is often fished with a floating line using an indicator like the DDD with the bloodworm on the point, preferably when there is a good breeze to provide some movement. Tom Sutcliffe adds that the bloodworm can be fished alone on a greased leader, but on a dead drift. Some anglers add a tiny bit of movement to the fly in the form of a very slow lift off the bottom. Tom focuses fishing the bloodworm in the shallows where there is some sandy substrate as these are mud-dwelling insects for the large part, only leaving their burrows to forage on algae. In strong wave action on a lake they often become dislodged and, like aquatic snails, can drift freely for long distances. Another reason to fish a shoreline in strong wind with a bloodworm imitation.

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