I know what you're thinking. It's pretty much cheating on my part. Today's "fly" is the San Juan Worm.
I'm tired, it's past my bedtime, and I just struggled through several attempts at a Czech Nymph, which I will successfully master at some later point in this experiment. Rather than spend the night cursing, I decided to tie a few of these bugs:
The San Juan Worm seems to be controversial in the fly fishing community, alternatively viewed as either a pariah (much like an egg pattern) or a productive bug that gets results. For me, it's the latter. I've done particularly well with this bug during the summer as the runoff on the Poudre becomes manageable. In fact, it drew the attention of what was probably the biggest rainbow I've ever caught on the Poudre.
Is it a fly? I guess not. Still, from my perspective, it's made from artificial material and tied with thread, and mimics part of the aquatic life of my home waters. I'd be an idiot not to have a few on hand.
Hook: Size 16 nymph hook
Body: Red Chenile with tier's choice of bead