Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions is clearly a big fan of Walt’s Worm, which is named for Pennsylvania angler and tier Walt Young, who created the pattern for fishing Spring Creek, near his home in State College. It’s a buggy, impressionistic imitation of a bunch of aquatic insects, and over the years, Tim has shown us how to the original, as well as several variations: Walt’s Worm and the Sexy Walt’s, Son of Sexy Walt’s, and Last Walt’s.
In this week’s great tying video, Tim uses the original Walt’s Worm to demonstrate a cool way to create beadhead patterns using a drop bead, which causes a pattern to ride hook-point-up in the water. As usual, Tim has figured out the best way to attach and secure the drop bead, using lead-free wire and superglue. The result looks like a go-to searching pattern you’ll use a lot.
Drop-Bead Walt’s Worm
Hook: Black 3X-heavy grub hook (here, a Fulling Mill 5115), size 14.
Bead: Gold Tungsten Drop Bead, 1/8-inch.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Adhesive #1: Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
Thread: Tan, 70-denier or 8/0.
Rib: Gold wire, small.
Body: Natural rabbit-fur dubbing.
Adhesive #2: Head cement.
Tools: Whip-finisher, dubbing brush.