The Bloody Squirmy fly that I tied for carp successfully fooled fish (http://themissionblog.com/?p=9208); however, the fly didn’t last very long due to the thread cutting into the squirmy wormy rubber material, which eventually peeled off the hook shank like scabs from an old wound. Not even UV resin could hold the damaged rubber in place (which eventually cracked through the resin), so I used a slight modification in the tying sequence, which makes the tying procedure a little more tricky and time consuming if compared to the original fly (as similarly tied by Philip Meyer from Winelands Flyfishing (Philip tied a similar fly for trout, which worked very well for him in the 2010 South African Flyfishing Nationals), the Yanks and Europeans, and Nick Van Rensburg from FlyBru – see http://themissionblog.com/?p=10507), but the fly is much more durable.
Fly Tying sequence of the improved Bloody Squirmy (orange version):
Note that I have had amazing carp and stillwater trout fishing on the red version, i.e., the original Bloody Squirmy imitating bloodworm (red buzzer midge larvae). I have also had very good success catching carp on an orange variation with either hot orange or black beads – depending on the mood of the fish and time of day (for skittish and/or big carp I use a hot orange bead for low-light conditions and black bead for the bright midday hours).