This morning, the YouTube app on my phone alerted me that Tim Flagler had uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel. I’ve got to admit, I look forward to this every week. In my opinion (and I know a ton of others share this opinion), Tim has THE BEST fly tying videos in all of the internet. So, when his weekly offerings become public I’m one of the first to jump online and meticulously scrub through every frame.

Today, I was taken aback when I clicked to start the video and was greeted with this WARNING:

This isn't an episode of "Cops," but you might feel just as guilty after watching it.
This isn’t an episode of “Cops,” but you might feel just as guilty after watching it.

For a second, I thought I was watching an episode of “Cops.” I could even hear the infamous title music kicking in …

“Bad boys, bad boys … whatcha gonna do … whatcha gonna do when they come for you!”

As if the warning that “viewer discretion is strongly advised” wasn’t enough to pique my interest, the first thing Tim mentions is that the pattern was created by Fred Bridge of York, Pennsylvania. My sense of local pride swelled at the mention of another Central PA tyer. Enough delaying, here’s the video.

The “controversy” of fishing patterns like a worm has always fascinated me. On the one extreme, you’ve got your diehard fly guys that would scoff at the idea of using anything other than a perfectly crafted dry fly to land fish. On the other, you’ve got guys that will try just about anything to bring a bend to their rod. I fully admit that I fall in the latter category. I’ll go to just about any length (legal and ethical, of course) to trick just about anything that swims.

Another recent post/article on this topic is over at the Gink & Gasoline blog right now. Kent Klewein breaks down the 4 fly patterns that he carries in his fly box year-round. It’s definitely worth checking out, so head there next and give it a read.

Tight lines!


Here at Black Gnats HQ, we’d like to hear your take on worm dunking with a fly rod? Have you had any success with worm imitations? If so, what’s your favorite pattern? San Juan? Wiggle Worm? Green Weenie? Leave your comments below, and be sure to cast your vote in our online poll.