The HOT HEAD
Like The Peace Bug this fly is a riff on the Walt’s Worm or the simple Muskrat cress bug. Both of which are essentially lead weighted hooks with a dubbed body and no other flourishes. I can’t recall where I first read about the simple muskrat fur cress bug but the Walt’s Worm is of course PA fly tier Walt Young’s creation.
I tweaked the dubbing blend (just a bit from the original Walt’s Worm) and used copper wire to wrap the fly instead of lead – so it’s not quite a Walt’s Worm (but pretty darn close). The switch to copper was done to avoid the use of lead wire due to its dangers (to wild life and to fly tyers) and its prohibition in places.
The HOT HEAD also features the hot orange thread that gives it its name. This thread creates a nice “hot spot” and also an orange glow to the fly when wet.
This fly is tied on a very heavy hook (not barbless but I’ve crimped the barbs) and it does have a copper wire under body, so it’s heavy. Not as heavy as a lead wrapped fly – but using a long thin tippet and proper line control it can be sunk very effectively. I fish this fly on the dead drift exclusively.
Read a bit more expanded discussion of the other flies in the Three Rivers Tenkara Blog —>>About the New Fly Selection