Target Species: Rudd, roach, carp, bream
Do fish really mistake our flies for real bloodworms? It’s debatable. Some fly patterns are simply too huge to imitate the naturals; furthermore, many coarse fish find them too much of a mouthful. Hence this smaller artificial, which is especially useful on stillwaters, where the bright colour certainly helps fish pick it out
Roach and rudd are both fair game- as is the odd carp, hence my preference for a nice strong hook pattern even in smaller sizes. Don’t go crazy with retrieve speeds- keep it slow or even static and watch very closely for bites, which can be very gentle twitches. You can also fish this fly underneath an indicator, if you’re struggling
- Hook: Short shank nymph/ wet fly, size 14-20
- Thread: Red, fine
- Tail: Red marabou
- Body: Turns of red flexi-floss, varnished
- Head: Peacock herl, dyed black
STEP BY STEP:
1. Catch some red thread on the hook
2. Trap in a small pinch of red marabou with the thread, before wrapping in close turns to make an even body.
3. Now trap in a piece of flexi-floss. If you use a smaller hook, you can use sharp scissors to split the material and create finer strands for slimmer bodies. Bring the thread to a point just before the hook eye.
4. Now make a body with even turns of flexi-floss, before trapping the material near the hook eye.
5. The body can now be made shiny and durable with a quick coat of varnish.
6. Tie in a single strand of dyed black peacock herl.
7. Give 3-4 turns of herl before securing with the thread. Now trim off, whip finish and add a spot of varnish. Job done.
* The Micro Bloodworm is just one of many deadly patterns available in the new Turrall range of “Flies for Coarse Fish”: Click here!