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Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Fly-tying -

When thread­ing a bead onto a hook, thread the bead over the hook point re­mem­ber­ing the smaller hole goes on first. The larger re­cess will be to the rear.

Se­cur­ing the bead at the hook eye makes the fly sink head first but when po­si­tioned at the cen­tre of the shank the pat­tern sinks on more of an even keel. The lat­ter is pre­ferred when ty­ing the Flex­iWorm.

A thicker thread or floss is pre­ferred when ty­ing this fly be­cause fewer thread turns are re­quired to build up the body. Use a wide bore bob­bin holder (es­pe­cially with floss). A bob­bin pre­vents fin­gers from dam­ag­ing the thread.

Make sure all four strands of legs are the same length and of a de­cent length to cre­ate the re­quired move­ment. If the legs are too long, trim with scis­sors but don’t stretch the strands as they’re cut.

The sky is the limit re­gard­ing colour choice but great spring op­tions other than pink in­clude olive, red and yel­low. Experiment with dif­fer­ent colours to see which catch most.

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