Simple but effective, wiggler imitations deserve a place in your fly box
Many dedicated fly anglers started out by fishing for trout when they were kids, dunking nightcrawlers in their local creeks. Some of us, however, never grew out of our worm phase. Our taste now runs to wigglers that are smaller and inorganic, but they still fool a lot of fish. Here we’re talking about worm flies, and they’re not just for trout, either.
Pretty much any gamefish that will eat something small and wiggly—in other words, most fish—will eat a worm fly. That’s why these simple flies work from New Zealand to the N.W.T, and why they’re a good choice on unfamiliar waters, or when you’re not sure what the fish are eating. Like many humans, fish will often happily gobble up a little morsel of pure protein, no matter what else is on the menu. If you’re not up to date on annelid zoology for fly anglers, here’s a primer on worm flies.