Hern Worm


Imitates a midge pupa near the bottom. Primarily used in lakes. The heavy weighting helps it sink quickly.

The Hern Worm also makes a useful "tool" fly (see The Fly as Tool). Use it in tandem with smaller nymphs to help them reach the bottom quickly.


The head can be coated with yellow or orange epoxy.

How to Fish

Use deep midge tactics. You can also fish the fly without an indicator by simply letting it sink near the bottom, then give it a few twitches when you see a cruising trout approach it.

Tying Instructions

1. Superglue shot onto hook shank just behind the eye of the hook. Let the glue dry.

2. Apply another coating of super-glue to shot. Let it dry.

3. Tie on copper wire and bring it to the rear of the shank.

4. Secure tail to hook with two wraps of copper wire.

5. Let the bobbin hang while you wrap the pheasant tail for the body.

6. Hold the pheasant tail tight while you wrap the copper wire ribbing.

7. Make three wraps of wire to secure pheasant tail.

8. Dub the sparkle dubbing directly onto the wire. Make two wraps of dubbing.

9. Half-hitch twice and cut thread.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, sizes 14-16


TAIL: Three pheasant tail fibers

RIBBING: Fine gold or copper wire

BODY: Pheasant tail wrapped around hook

HEAD: Lead-free shot glued onto hook.