How to Tie:

San Juan Worm Red

What You'll Need


3769 TMC Sizes 10-8


UTC 70 color to match body


Standard chenille (micro for hooks smaller than 14)


Tie in your thread at the front of the hook and advance to the bend of the hook. Make sure you pass the hook point. The bend of the hook will always be passed the hook point.


When you wrap your thread to the bend pay attention to each one of your thread wraps. You want them next to each other keeping a nice smooth thread body. And if you don’t use a floss thread then you will definitely see a big difference in your thread warps.


Cut a piece of chenille. What I have found out if you’re trying to conserve on material. If you look at how they wrap the chenille around the card. Each fold around is where I make my cut and that will be a perfect length for the size of the worm you will need for most hooks under size 14.


This is a part that I wonder is there a right way or a wrong way on how to wind your thread forward when tying in the chenille. I have seen it done two ways. The way I like is when you’re tying up the shank I like the segmented way better. A lot of the worms I have seen tied is tied in at the back then lift the chenille up advance the thread to the center of the hook repeating this step again. To be honest with you I think it looks ugly that way. I think people do it that way for durability but if you just glue the underside of the fly all the way down the thread your fly will last just as long and it will have worm look to it as well. So when you tie your chenille in just make even spaces all the way up forming a segmentated look.


Whip finish it and glue it. (The underside where the thread is showing and eye.) This will make it last longer.