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Great material for San Juan type worms size 10 and smaller. I never liked chenille or vermille for worms. This material stretches to 10X and is more durable, unlike rubber worms. Use larger size thread like flat 3/0 and don't apply too much pressure. Don't try to thread it on a hook as it will twist and be less durable. Most glues or cements may attack it. Use water base or Fly Tite cement (denatured alcohol based) on thread wraps or just whip finish with no cement. Some very helpful videos on U-tube and the net. This appears to be exactly the same material as the strands in the Mondo Spaghetti ball stretchy toy.
These are a marvelous fish catching material. A guide, who also fishes on the one of the USA Fly Fishing teams took myself and my 10 yr. old son out. The first thing he did was tie on a Squirmy Wormy for my son. I laughed and thought he was crazy. Well, crazy like a fox. My son caught more fish than me and I know how to fish. On the way home, all my son could talk about was tying more of them up. Spirit River is always doing the coolest things.
I like the movement. Different to tie on, no zap a gap on this stuff. Just have to be careful storing as it will eat through some plastics and it borders on the use of bait and chuck tackle, LOL. Will use as a last resort for my SJ's.
The good: Last year, these were the ultra-secret guide fly on the Guadalupe River. Somehow, that secret leaked, and within a week, all the trout were wise to these worms. For that week, though, San Juans made with these were the ultimate fly. They're also remarkably tough- you can stretch them waaaaay out and they won't snap. Really, these will catch tons more fish than a chenille San Juan.
The bad: These are extremely difficult to tie neatly. They're so soft and mushy that they will not cooperate with your tying thread. They will melt instantly when exposed to any kind of adhesive. And you need to store them somewhere cool; they get really, really sticky (and stay that way) if they get too hot.
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