Andy Taylor takes a look at some of the new fly patterns to try this winter.
Apps Worms, Squirmy Worms and now Chewing Gum Worms – there is no doubt that all three of these patterns work for winter rainbows on our stillwaters. The Chewing Gum worm is a pattern I first fished about three years ago at Westlow Mere catching a dozen fish on the bright red version on a Fast Glass line. The fish wanted the fly moved in a fast jerky retrieve and static with takes being pretty savage! The Chewing Gum Chenille gives this fly stacks of movement probably more than the other two worm patterns. Ian’s Flies do two versions – one with a bead located in the centre of the hook, ideal for fishing under the bung and one without a bead but having a Micro Fritz body – ideal for pulling on intermediate lines. The worms are tied on size 10, Kamasan B175 hooks and come in a range of colours. For me there is no beating the bright red and pink versions. A simple yet very effective stillwater pattern that rainbow trout love!
Andy is the Features Editor of Today’s FlyFisher.com following three years as Editor of Total FlyFisher. Andy is a multi-capped England International in both loch-style and bank disciplines. A qualified instructor and lecturer, Andy has a wealth of fishery management experience.