How to Tie a San Juan Worm: Video

The San Juan Worm is a very effective fly fishing pattern, and very easy to tie. For a lot of fly tyers, it is the first fly they ever tie. It is named after the San Juan River which is a major tributary of the Colorado River. Designed to imitate annelids (worms), it is prevalent in almost any body of water or river around the world. It can, and should be, tied in a wide variety of colors. Red, orange, brown, and pink and some of the most popular colors. You can also tie it with chamois material for more life like movement in the water. Another fun material to use is the relatively new Pearl Core Braid from Hareline. Get creative and come up with your own variations.

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San Juan Worm Recipe:

1) Hook: Umpqua U202 RED (can also use the TMC 2487). Sizes 14, 16, 18 are the most common.

2) UNI-Thread 6/0 Red Generally, choose a thread color that matches the color of your chenille.

3) Velvet Chenille Fine Blood Red Use your imagination here, there is no wrong color.

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