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Overhand Worm "Improved!?"

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

Modified Overhand Worm

Modified Overhand Worm

One of my favorite places to fish is interesting. There are several ponds intertwined with one of the most beautiful creeks for fishing Tenkara. The ponds have a healthy population of Brook Trout that can be fished anyway you wish. However, the Creek is restricted to artifical lures or flies with one barbless hook. Everything except Brook Trout must be released. Last summer I found myself switching from the Overhand Worm on the Creek to real worms in the ponds. It was fun to fish a pond, switch to the Overhand Worm, work upsteam, and then fish the next pond. Yes, the Overhand Worm caught fish on the ponds, However, I was fishing two different rods as well. The TenkaraBum 40 is the perfect rod for the creek. The Keiryu Sawanobori 63 was the perfect rod for the ponds. Thanks to the collapsing nature of these rods and a good line holder, switching rods is easy.

So, is taking something that is so simple as the Overhand Worm and making it more complicated a wise idea? I'm not sure. I do know that this morning the trout at Wilson Springs slammed the new fly! So here is how I complicated the simplest fly to tie that I have ever seen.

I learned about Pebeo Porcelaine 150 on the blog. After coating some jig heads, I thought why not "camo" some hooks. So, I used the "Tender Pink" on the Cultiva SBL-35 size 12 "Wide Eye" hooks. This is one of my favorite hooks. I need to buy a better detail brush for doing hooks.

After treating the hooks, I tied a standard "Overhand Worm." Of course, I couldn't leave it alone! I then hit the knot with some Loon Red UV paint on the knot to create a hotspot. Last, I used a lighter to create some heat and put a tapered point on each end of the worm.

Does the new model catch more fish than the simple easy say to tie the Overhand Worm? I don't know. It does catch fish! It was a fun project. You can call me crazy, but I am having fun. I have a slightly darker pink, so my next step is to do some mixing to try to match the hook color more perfectly to the chenille. My endgame of the project is to create a super stealthy worm fly for Silver Creek this summer.

If you haven't tried the "Overhand Worm", you should give it a try. If you can tie a hook on your tippet, you can tie this fly. You don't need a vise. Even in its simplest form, it is deadly on fish. If you want to play around with it like me, have fun! I have tried several colors of chenille, but the pink seems to be the most deadly.

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Mar 09, 2018
the "worm"!
by: Mike W.

I love the overhand worm! Greatest invention since meatloaf! (hey, I like meatloaf!) The modifications look great! I'll be trying them and maybe I can think of a few myself? Spring is just about here and I can't wait to get out there again! not fond of fishing in the rain...Tight lines and no reels! Mike W. Tacoma, Wa.

Mar 11, 2018
Thinking about Flies
by: Les Albjerg

We don't often talk about Kebari around here it seems to me. I don't often fish them either. I just finished watching the 3 Videos from "Discover Tenkara Series for the 3rd time. What stuck out this time is the Japanese mystique of the Kebari fly isn't so mystical anymore. I hate to say it, but what stuck out this time, is the Japanese fish Kebari for pragmatic reasons. It is what works!

Looking over my notes, I noticed that I was very successful fishing various Kebari last year. The Keeper Kebari being the one I fished the most and caught lots of nice fish. I plan on fishing them a lot more this year.

Sometimes I wonder if Kebari are so effective because fish rarely if ever see them here. I imagine the fish in Japan see dozens of them over the year. One thing I really do love about Kebari beside the ease of tying is how life like they look in the water. They do catch fish!

Mar 13, 2018
Pebeo Porcelaine 150
by: bill piatek

How did the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 work out for your spoon experiments? I've been using dollar store nail polish but it stinks up the house. The replacement hooks Chris sells on Finesse Fishing do work great for home brew stuff.


Mar 14, 2018
by: Les Albjerg

I haven't gotten to that project yet with the Pebeo Porcelaine 150. I am sure that it will work well. I bought several of the weighted jig heads from Chris, and have painted them up. There is a slight odor when you cure the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 in the oven, but not near what a lacquer drying would do. I am sure it is going to work on the spoons. Only so much time in a day!

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