Tying Video – Beadhead Green Rock Worm

I wanted to tie a simple nymph pattern this week.  Something that can be tied relatively fast and is also a productive fly.  I decided to tie the Green Rock Worm which is a fly I was introduced to years ago and is a productive trout fly.  However, I changed it a up a bit.  I placed a black glass bead behind the eye of the hook for the head of the fly rather than the normal peacock herl.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  First, I am a firm believer in having contrast in a fly.  I think having a sharp contrast makes a fly much more noticeable to a fish.  It helps it to stand out amongst all the rocks and plants under water.  By standing out rather than blending in while under water it will attract the attention of fish much more.  Second, the bead adds a bit of reflectivity to the fly.  The bead gives it that little bit of sheen or flash.  Plus, it looks cool  (very important for the fisherman).

As I mentioned, the fly is not difficult to tie and in some ways is even fun.  For some reason, some flies seem more “work” than fun when tying.  Certainly, if you are tying four or five dozen there a bit of than “work” experience to the endevour.  However, some flies allow you to get into sort of a rhythm and begin to concentrate on how the fly is put together rather than all the steps and processes.  The Beadhead Green Rock Worm is one of those flies, for me anyway.  I find I quickly get into a zone of sorts and enjoy trying to make each process of the fly just how I want it.  I can focus on learning how each material behaves and develop a better feel for it.  Or, I am having some sort of seizure and am just running on autopilot.  Either way, I very much enjoy tying this pattern.  If you don’t want to mess with the bead on this you can simply use peacock herl for the head as in the original pattern.  Plus you can change up the rib to add more color or flash to the fly.  There are all sorts of ways you can change up this fly to have fun while tying it.

Aside from the tying of the fly, the Beadhead Green Rock Worm is a very productive trout fly.  Green Caddis (Green Rock Worms) are very prevalent in the Midwest and Eastern states.  Almost all trout streams have them to some degree.  Plus, the caddis fly is a major food source for trout.  Put those two things together and you have the makings for a good fly pattern.  The only issue with the fly that I have learned is that some tiers have a hard time tying on the curved caddis hook.  If you are one of those tiers don’t fret over it.  You can tie this fly on a standard nymph hook (Mustad 3906) or a 1x long nymph hook (Mustad 3906b) if you prefer.  Just make certain to tie some up!


As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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