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The Bead Worm
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Hook:    Klinkhamar 1160 or 1170 (#12-#16)
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70 Red
Body:    Red or Green Holographic Mylar
Rib #1: Red V-Rib
Rib #2: Fine Gold, Copper or Silver Wire
Head:    8/0 Red Glass Bead


Stillwaters featuring muddy bottoms are home to epidemic populations of chironomids, many reaching appreciable sizes. Larva, pupa and adults of the larger chironomid species have been affectionately christened "bombers", a season long morsel few trout resist. In the early spring and late fall these lesser known stillwater staples migrate. In the spring larvae migrate from the deep to the shallows and vise versa in the fall as the larva escape the lethal effects of the approaching winter. Other aquatic insects mirror this behavior and as a result anglers should consider deep to shallow presentations in the spring and shallow to deep water in the fall.

The Bead Worm targets the larger more mature stages of the chironomid life cycle. The contrasting V-Rib and wire segmentation over the holographic Mylar makes a convincing imitation. Although many anglers are familiar with red or maroon colored larva there are species displaying a unique barber pole combination of green and red. For this larval color scheme consider the holographic green and red combination. What ever the choice present this design near the bottom. My favorite method involves a floating line and long leader of 15 feet or more. Leaders should be 25 percent longer than the water is deep.

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