Another great looking caddis larva pattern by Rich Strolis. Gotta Have the Goo! What really makes this streamlined weighted caddis larva pattern pop is the [easyazon_link asin=”B0083J6G0I” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”flyfishrep-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Clear Cure Goo Hydro[/easyazon_link] top coat. In addition to making flies nearly indestructible, the “Goo” really makes the colors in this…

 

Rich Strolis of Catching Shadows demonstrates in this fly tying video how to tie his Rock Candy Caddis Larva, a virtually bomb-proof Caddis larva fly pattern that also passes for a grub imitation when tied in the larger sizes. Body by Rock Candy The Strolis Rock Candy Caddis larva features a pretty unique material, Sybai…

 

A Vladi Worm of course! Developed by Poland’s Vladi Trzebunia this worm imitation works awesome as an anchor fly when using a multi-fly Czech/Polish nymphing rig. (Click here to watch the fly tying video)

One Strange Fly

Ok, this has to be one of the most interesting flies I’ve every seen. I know fly tiers are a resourceful bunch, picking up road kill, shopping at craft stores, making flies out of pipe cleaners (that’s another story) but condoms as a fly tying material?

Ingenious Fly Pattern

Once you get over the fact that this trout fly pattern is made from a condom you’ll realize it is a pretty clever design and well suited to High Sticking or Euro style nymphing. Here are a few reasons why:

  • It is a large fly so you can weight the heck out of it – great for fast water.
  • Slim profile and smooth exterior cuts through the water – gets the fly down fast.
  • Rides inverted in the water so it doesn’t get hung up.
  • Latex construction makes it bounce off rocks which add to the action of the fly.

Looks Like Bait and Fishes Like Bait

This fly just looks like something good to eat. If I were a big fat brown trout and food was getting scarce (like it does in the winter) – I’d eat it! I have not actually fished the Vladi Worm yet, but I know a lot of guys who do and they swear it flat out catches trout like nobody’s business. It is on my list to tie this winter.

Where to Buy the Vladi Worm

Ok, if you are not too keen on explaining to your wife or girlfriend why you are buying so many condoms (more than she can account for) but are interested in trying the Vladi Worm don’t worry. You can get them online at vladiworm.com. The internet will never cease to amaze me.

If you do try or have used the Vladi Worm drop us a line using the comment box below and let’s us know how it worked.

Enjoy tying these and have a great weekend!

p.s. Be sure to check out our Fly Tying Video Gallery for more interesting and fun trout fly tying tutorials.

p.s.s. You might also check out Loren Williams Vladi Worm fly tying tutorial. Loren is a Fly Fishing Team USA member and fly fishing guide extraordinaire who know a thing or two.

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