Tuesday, March 8, 2011

McTage's Leather Trouser Worm Carp Fly

Update 9/1/2011:  The preliminary name of this fly was "Leather Head-Stand Carp Worm".  The final name is "McTage's Leather Trouser Worm Carp Fly".  A fly gets a goofy name when it earns it! 

This post gives the details on the leather version of the Trouser Worm.  This is essentially the same fly as the foam version except it uses the leather from a rabbit strip as the tail instead of foam.

The leather has some advantages over the foam.  While the action on the foam version is stunning I suspect it may occasionally be over-the-top for Carp in certain moods.  The leather still has great action but it is slightly more subtle.  Using leather simplifies the process and there is something to be said for natural materials. 

There are also some disadvantages.  If you are looking for a full-on headstand all the time then the foam can't be beat.  The leather loses a little buoyancy and drops the full headstand after it is fished for a while.  Fortunately It still falls, rides and lays hook-up and the leather usually sits slightly off the bottom.  This is probably good enough for most situations.

  1. Hook:  Size 8 Scud hook.
  2. Bead:  3.25mm Tungsten (put on backwards)
  3. Eyes:  #6 Stainless bead-chain.
  4. Body:  Red Amnesia Mono filament
  5. Tail:  Red rabbit strip with the hair trimmed down to about 1/8" length
Go Fly-Carpin!
(Hard to see the fly....he took it deep!)


  1. This fly looks great. I am going to give it a try.

  2. Justin, Welcome to the Revolution...I read your post about giving Fly Fishing for Carp a try. Good luck, keep us posted on your progress!

  3. Love this pattern, gonna tie some up tomorrow

  4. Good to see you found another use for the red amnesia...Mine is still on a spare spool awaiting the annual September pilgrimage to the PM...You should come out...The old crew will be there...

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