Try mixing the wire and herl colors. Black herl on red
wire, red on red and black on copper. They all work great.
Materials: Bow Juan Worm
Thread: 8/0, color to match Herl.
Hook: Mustad 37160 size 4 to 8.
Body: 22 gauge Wormwire palmered with Ostrich Herl.
Head: Tying thread.
Tying Instructions: Bow Juan Worm
1. Start with a wireworm in the color of your choice.
It's simply wire wrapped tightly over the hook.
2. Tie on a strand of Ostrich herl at the "tail" position.
Wrap the thread up to about the middle of the fly.
This is a size 6 and my herl is long enough to cover
the bottom half of the body. If yours isn't, you'll
want to use three herls and keep the thread a bit lower
on the body.
3. Now you have to work quickly. Ostrich herl is fragile.
Bouncing along the bottom will beat it up. Trout teeth
don't do it any favours either. To keep this fly fishable
for as long as possible, we're going to cover the hook
with a generous helping of Dave's Fleximent. Wrap the
herl right away. Be very careful. You don't want to paste
the filaments to the hook while the Fleximent is still wet.
Even if you do, it won't hurt. The ugly flies work great.
4. After tying off the first herl, clip the tag and tie in
the second herl. You can get away with minimal wraps of
thread because the Fleximent will keep it from unwinding.
Advance the thread to the head.
5. Wrap the second herl and tie off. Whip finish and place
it somewhere to dry completely.
I often use this fly in place of split shot (only
where legal, of course). Tie a nymph dropper off
the bend and let the Bow Juan Worm get them both
down. After that, its up to the fish. Don't be
surprised if you take more on the worm then the nymph.