Marine Worms

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Stonefish, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Tom,
    If you are so inclined I'd like to see a picture of your worm pattern.
    I was overly focused on chum fry and found myself totally unarmed when we happened upon this worm swarm.

  2. I too caught my biggest SRC ever on a big fat olive green worm pattern and another fatty was caught on a pinkish worm pattern... basically just a rabbit strip with a bead head (in the salt)
  3. Here are examples of flies I've been using. Surprisingly the crazier color combinations work really well- tiger-striped rabbit with pinks, chartreuse, red, orange etc... Perhaps they capture the eggs or swollen worms when mating.
    Sample Poly Pattern:
    Hook: Sacrificial hook in vise. Stinger #6 Octopus
    Bead: 3/16" copper or gold
    Body: rabbit strip cut to desired length. I like the Tiger-striped colors from Hareline
    Flash: two strips red krystal flash per side
    Head: cut rabbit and UV Ice Dub spun in small loop, wrapped and brushed out
    poly_worms.JPG poly_fly.JPG
  4. Tom,
    Thanks for posting those. I appreciate it.
  5. I live on the east side of the state and have only chased SRC once, last fall. Still, this has gotta be one of the best, most educational posts/threads I've ever read here. So cool you got this on film and shared it with us, Stonefish. Thanks to others for sharing info and patterns, as well. Not often do we get a thread that has you LYAO and learn so much at the same time. Thanks to all.
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  6. Awesome flies. How do you fish them? They look like they could double as steelie flies as well.

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  7. I fish the worms on an intermediate line w/slow-to-moderate retrieve from my kayak. I have noticed fish rising from deep water to hit a popper on top so my thought is I'm fishing the middle part of the water column and getting fish to come up and check out the worm. A small trailer fly behind the worm is a bear to cast but ridiculously effective!

    And it really is just a variation of many steelhead bunny leaches. I have zero doubt an aggressive steelhead would whack the heck out of one of these... might have to give it a try this summer!
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  8. That is really neat, Brian. Thanks for sharing!
  9. I witnessed 1 time in my life A giant worm ball (very similar worms) in Friday Harbor inside the marina near the docks, Can You Say "FEEDING FRENSY" The pile perch were just shredding that thing. Needless to say my dad had some Fileting to do. I remember being pretty sad when the fish towed it away from the docks.
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  11. ^ very nice, will try this for sure!
  12. This would be HEAVEN for bottomfish.
  13. I discuss Nereis vexillosa in detail in my upcoming book, Fly Fishing Inshore Salwaters for Sea Run Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Amato) which should be released sometime this winter. With his permission I used one of Stonefish's pictures posted in tbhis thread in the book. I also include patterns.
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  14. Since you are bringing up your book and I’m interested, may I ask how this book will differ from Les Johnson’s book and Chester Allen’s book? What will set it apart?
  15. Yes.

    First, the book focuses exclusively on sea runs from California to Alaska, their entire range. It in no way intends to replace Les's and Chester's fine books that are must reads. Les's book focuses on coastal cutts mostly in rivers with only has one chapter dedicated to sea runs. Chester's' book is a great read from a professional writer. It appears mostly related to our local Puget Sound waters. Second, I include a great deal of scientifically verified info (and have included more the 50 primary source references - scientific papers, symposia, literature of the art - for those who want to either verify my data or delve further) on the biology and ecology of both the fish and its food sources, range, abundance, differences between cutthroat populations, etc. Third, there is a great deal of info on specific methodology and most importantly, a chapter focuses on conservation of these wonderful fish whose populations continue to decline across its range.

    As for me, I draw in part from 40+ years as a marine biologist and environmental engineer, the past 55+ years as a fly angler.

    West Sound Angler
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  16. West Sound Angler,

    I look forward to your new book and to Stonefish's seminal worm contribution. I hope there will be a chapter on colors that attract cutthroat and how they see color underwater.
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  17. There is info on what cutts see, color and otherwise.
    The worm picture contribution was much appreciated as there are not many pics of this common phenomenon.
  18. Thanks for your reply and your contribution! I'll be looking forward to getting the book. Any chance it will come in a Kindle/ebook type of format?

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