No time for fishing this weekend but I did have a little time to dink around with prototype flies.
I have heard from many people that they like the San-Juan worm or different variations of it for carp. I experimented with the worm this winter without much luck (1 hook-up). I think my main problem is that I lack confidence and quickly switch to a proven pattern. Time to manufacture some confidence. (Note: This picture is under-water in my sink looking down). The fly will get a goofy name, a cleaner tie and some fine-tuning if and when it catches carp! Otherwise it will sit in a box with all the other un-fulfilled dreams.
This is an attempt at a more durable worm that rides and falls hook-up. As a matter of fact I tuned it to head-stand so the hook is about as far from bottom as you can get. Hook is a size 8 caddis hook. The tail is the leather from a red rabbit strip (for buoyancy) with the fur trimmed close and some additional red coloring from a red sharpie. The body is just wrapped thread. The head is stainless steel beadchain with 5 wraps of .025" lead IN FRONT of the beadchain. Finished in 5 minute epoxy.
It did take some trial and error to get something I liked. The best two were prototype 2 and 4, both of which will get their day in court. Proto1 and 3 will get trashed.