Worm Fishing

Worm fishing for trout in streams is easy and effective, but there's a better way than you're doing it now!

Most people use a spinning rod, probably a fairly short ultralight. There's a better way, though, a way that will give you a more natural drift and better strike detection.

This page will eventually be a whole new website devoted to fishing for trout in streams with worms and salmon eggs. For now, please take a look at my Keiryu Fishing page. It is an introduction to a fishing style developed in Japan for fishing mountain streams using worms, salmon eggs or nymphs taken from under the rocks on the stream.

The guts of the keiryu fishing style is a very long rod - 17 to 20 foot rods are common, and even longer ones are used in Japan. The style does not use a reel. The line is tied to the rod tip. Yeah, I know - it sounds like just a cane pole or crappie pole. The basic idea is similar, but the rods are hi tech - made with the latest carbon fiber technology so they're they're lighter, stronger, more compact when collapsed, and able to protect a very light line.

The light line is part of the system. The lighter the line, the more naturally your worm will drifting down the stream. A trout may have a brain the size of a pea, but it knows when something is moving too slow or too fast compared to everything else that is floating down the stream.

With the very long rod and the light line, your line is more nearly vertical, so it doesn't get caught up in current differentials nearly as much as you get when making long casts with a short rod. The current in a stream is not uniform, and if your line crosses areas where the current is flowing in different speeds, your worm is either getting pulled too fast or is moving too slow compared to the current it's in. Either one is a signal to the trout that something's wrong.

Take a look at the page on Ultralight Worm Fishing, which has proven to be extremely effective in streams that are relatively shallow (and can be used in slightly deeper streams with the addition of a light split shot or two. It is a technique that allows you to get the most natural drift possble, and at the same time minimize snags on rocks or the bottom.


This is the typical hooking location when fishing keiryu style. There are very, very few deep hooked fish. It is easy to release small fish unharmed.


Here is another example of typical hooking location. The keiryu style of fishing allows extremely sensitive strike detection. You set the hook before the fish gets a chance to swallow the bait.


Worm Fishing in Fly Fishing Only Areas

Ever wish you could fish in the Fly Fishing Only sections? With this fishing method you can! I have developed a dead simple "fly" that is legal in Fly Fishing Only areas, even ones that require barbless hooks. It takes seconds to tie and all you need is a pair of scissors. You don't need a vise or any other tools!

Learn how to tie the Overhand Worm and fish with "worms" even where worm fishing is not legal. Some states do not allow the keiryu fishing style in Fly Fishing Only areas, though. (Maybe it's TOO effective!)

You might even decide to fish with Overhand Worms all the time. They're a lot cheaper than buying worms, and boy, to they work!

One of the first trips where I used them at a private club that was strictly Fly Fishing Only proved their worth. Read about it here. Anther trip with the Overhand worm is here.



Rainbow trout caught with Overhand Worm.


Brown trout caught with Overhand Worm


Brook Trout caught with Overhand Worm


Fish eat worms! Sure, they'll hold onto a real worm longer than they will one made of chenille, but the keiryu fishing method is so sensitive that you'll know you have a bite before the fish realizes the Overhand Worm isn't real.

Of course, if fishing with bait is allowed, that's probably what I'll do. It just works! Here's a trip where worm fishing for trout worked very well, and one that explored using very small hooks and very light line.


Please bookmark this page. I will expand it and provide a lot more details on this page until I have time to build a whole new website.





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