If you are a purist and if the idea of a squirmy worm offends you, then look away now because this four-legged squirmy monstrosity will violate your sensibilities in every possible way. Problem is, in the tricky surf wash of the South African West Coast and on Namibian shores, it’s proven to be a damn effective fly. It’s creator, Richard Wale of Upstream Fly Fishing runs us through the SBS.
THE FLY: the Klein Rooi Jakkals, so named after the small red jackal found scavenging along the Namibian coastline. The fly is essentially a pudding worm (or wonder worm / moonshine worm) imitation designed to look like any of the marine bloodworm-esque members of the polychaete family.
INTENDED APPLICATION: West Coast Steenbras in the surf. For more on this species, check out the Wishlist Fish in Issue 8 of The Mission. Silver Kob also take this fly.
UTENSILS: Vice, Scissors, Bodkin, Bobbin, Whip Finish Tool, Fingers
- Hard Tack: Gamakatsu SL12S #2, 4mm Black Nickel Grip tungsten dumbbell eye
- Dressing: Fishient Lead Wire Medium, Danville 140 denier thread red, Dohiku Red/Dark red squirmy, Suede Chenille Red
- Spice: Super Glue
Cooking Instructions: Tie like a boss, let simmer at room temperature until super glue is dry.
STEP 1: TIE IN THE THREAD
STEP 2: TIE IN THE LEAD
STEP 3: APPLY THE SUPER GLUE
STEP 4: TIE IN THE BACK SQUIRMY
STEP 5: TIE IN THE CHENILLE AND WRAP
STEP 6: TIE IN THE FRONT SQUIRMY AND FINISH OVER WITH CHENILLE
STEP 8: TIE IN THE DUMBBELL EYES
STEP 9: ADMIRE YOUR WORK
Serving Suggestion: moving water and salt.
Alternative serving suggestions: smaller, bigger, lighter, heavier – it really depends what you are going to put a worm imitation in front of.