The Wiggling Jigging Worm

Published Mar 24th 2007

The rag worm imitation that will wiggle as you jig it


Maybe you found the tandem worm too tandemnised and would be better of with a one-hook-only fly.Then the fly The Wiggling Jigging Worm shown beneath is a good alternative.

It is strongly inspired by the fly Sandiglen (The Sand Leech) originally tied by René Hansen.

However, this version has added weight just behind the hook eye, so it will jig through the water and at same time make vibrations to the sides due to the Magic Head. It is a fly that is very much alive in the water and I am sure it will be taken for a small clam worm. It has the right movement, color and the characteristicly flat profile with all the legs.

HookAberdeen, #2
ThreadRusty, 8/0
BeadRed, 3.8 mm
HeadMagic Head
TailAngel Hair, gold an brownish Marabou
Rib0.20 mm nylon
Back3 mm Scud Back or similar
Belly3 mm Scud Back or similar
BodyCrystal Chenille, brown, medium

Tying instructions
  1. Pass the bead over the shank to behind the hook eye.
  2. Let the Magic head follow, hollow part forward, placing it so that it covers the bead and the hook eye.
  3. Secure both with thread and/or glue
  4. Tie a few fibers of Angel Hair.
  5. Tie in the marabou tail.
  6. Tie in the rib.
  7. Tie in the back shield.
  8. Tie in the shield for the belly.
  9. Tie in the crystal flash.
  10. Take the thread to the hook eye.
  11. Bring the chenille forward.
  12. Trim it on the upper and lower side to give it a flat profile.
  13. Pull the belly shield forward. Tie down behind the Magic Head.
  14. Pull the shell back forward. Tie down behind the Magic Head.
  15. Rib the fly.
  16. Secure the ribbing.
  17. Cut off the excess.
  18. Whipfinish and add some head cement behind the cone and bead.

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Another great fly is the Omoe Brush tied by Ken Bonde Larsen on a trip to the small island Omoe.

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted August 24th 2011


The Magic Heads are made by Swiss Marc Petitjean, and are widely available and can be found in many flyshops, but can be purchased directly from his online shop.


From: Richard · richard_e_pace·at·  Link
Submitted August 23rd 2011

I've never seen a magic head or heard of them. Can some one clue me in? And maybe where to pick some up. Thanks and all the best.

From: Dr Doc (dlcs)  Link
Submitted August 14th 2009

these are great baits!

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted January 23rd 2009


Use most of the flies for sea trout, which you will find on this site. Frede, Magnus, Bloody Butcher, Omoe Brush, Epoxy Miracle, Junio Mysis, Klympen and many ,many more,


From: fishermanpl · fisherman·at·  Link
Submitted January 23rd 2009

Hello guys .Im going to Bornholm on march. I`m beginner with fly fishing. Could you give mi some fly suggestions for bornholm in this part of year/

From: des mc donnell · mcdonnell25a·at·  Link
Submitted May 1st 2008

where do i get the clear MAGIC HEAD. DES.

GFF staff comment
From: Kasper Mühlbach  Link
Submitted April 13th 2007

John T,

the size I used for this fly is "Round, R12 for sizes 12-6".

It makes the fly wiggle when retrieved, but I am not sure whether the fish really care.


From: JohnT · johnrtaylor·at·  Link
Submitted April 13th 2007

Hi, What size Magic Head is that and does it make the fly wiggle when retrieved?

From: Butch Sherrill · gaither.sherrill·at·  Link
Submitted April 5th 2007

You are right about Connecticut and Rhode Island, I come from Connecticut myself and have made a fly similar to this one and if you send me your email address I will send the pattern to you. Okay :-)

GFF staff comment
From: Kasper Mühlbach  Link
Submitted March 28th 2007


have you tried it?


From: Paul Rankine · P.Rankine·at·  Link
Submitted March 24th 2007

Just the thing for the CT and Rhode Island worm hatches for striped bass.

From: Michael Smith · rybolov·at·  Link
Submitted March 24th 2007

Nice. I bet the bassies would like it in various colors.

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