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San Juan worm

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I just received a fly box loaded with flies for Christmas and it has these worm flies in them i was just wondering how to fish these

Posted on: 2010/12/22 21:09


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Dead drift on the bottom, like any nymph.

Posted on: 2010/12/22 21:27


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Hodge,
Although these flies aren't the most technical or glamorous, they're very effective. As Jay said, fish 'em dead drift just like a nymph. They catch trout just about under any conditions but I particularly like them early in the season for stocked trout.

Posted on: 2010/12/22 21:42


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I love them on Spring Creek. It may be me, but I have lots of luck with them there.

Posted on: 2010/12/23 0:30


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One thing I've learned, when I see a fish in a feeding lane and he ignores my san juan going by, if I can get it to rest on the bottom somewhere nearby the fish they will consistantly ease on over and scoop it up.

Posted on: 2010/12/23 6:53
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That's a really cool bit of info there Dan , i can't wait to try that out but it looks like it's gonna be awhile , just let it gain the bottom and sit there within sight? Let me tell a little story about how my luck goes. If i go out fishing with the intent of trying that out and see if it works , there will not be a trout in the stream that day that rejects my san jaun worm , they will be fighting each other over it , every trout in the stream will go after it that day , even blind ones. Seriously , that does sound like it would be cool to try and it is a good bit of info.........THANK YOU. Did you ever fish for smallmouth while they are spawning and have a female on a redd try to pick up your fly and move it off the redd? It kinda reminds me of that behavior. GOOD ONE.

Posted on: 2010/12/23 7:12


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I saw a video recently and the guys fly box had a bunch of these flies. Looked like a piece of bright chenille tied on a hook. I wondered if these were worth the space in the box. Sounds like they are catching trout. Thanks much. I'll throw some in:)

Posted on: 2010/12/26 8:55
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I saw a video recently and the guys fly box had a bunch of these flies. Looked like a piece of bright chenille tied on a hook. I wondered if these were worth the space in the box. Sounds like they are catching trout. Thanks much. I'll throw some in:)


Sure they are worth the space. Like other so called junk flies, they don't get a lot of respect but they catch a lot of fish. I find that light pink SJ worms work quite well in some of the more "technical" waters of PA, which I guess makes use of same more heretical.

Posted on: 2010/12/26 16:33


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Jdaddy - I'm no purist:) Once I tied on a green weenie and caught fish, all options above bait seemed fair game:)

Posted on: 2010/12/26 17:21
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I don't consider a SJW to be a junk fly. I seined the gravel on the bighorn in MT for about an hour one day (midday fishing slowed), and 90% of the biomass that I collected was small red worms. A red SJW was an exact match. I'd venture to say that among all of the food items that I imitated, the SJW was the most accurate imitation that I carried.

I haven't spent nearly as much time seining PA stream beds, but I would imagine that there are plenty of small worms, particularly on limestone and spring creeks.

Posted on: 2010/12/26 17:23


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Caught me largest wild rainbow on a SJW on the Bighorn.

Junk but effective.

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Posted on: 2010/12/26 17:58
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acristic- that picture is awesome i also like your profile picture
also does this fly work in the winter?

Posted on: 2010/12/26 20:11


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Year round.

Posted on: 2010/12/26 20:29


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Fished 2 days for about 6 hours total last week and all I caught my fish on were a color variation of a San Juan, so yes winter

Posted on: 2010/12/26 20:47
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I once collected some river gravel for a fish tank from a riffle and you would be surprised what the contents revealed. after putting the first scoop in it muddied the tank so I rinsed it and found many orange, pink and red aquatic worms under an inch long. not like the red garden worms, thinner but vibrantly colored.

This from a small freestone stream in scpa.

So yes worms are a natural forage......but so long as spin guys use them as a 'bait" they are junk flys in my book.

Just like glow bugs, sucker spawn and green weenies.

Posted on: 2010/12/26 21:27
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