Published May 27. 2015 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 12. 2023

Squirmy nymphs for black bass

Italy based Romanian fly fisher Lucian Vasies ties an easy, wiggly nymph, which is very efficient for his local black bass - and probably many other species too.

A handful - Ready for some bass fishing
Squirmy nymphs
Lucian Vasies

I had a few nice days of fishing for black bass in small lakes. Here in Lombardia, where I have lived for a couple of years, fishing in private lakes stuffed with stocked fish is one way of having fun for local fishermen - especially during the winter when other waters are closed.

You know the expression:

"When in Rome, do as the Romans". So that's what I did.
I went a few times I with my friends and I tried to catch a few fish. But in lakes where spinning techniques and soft lure fishing is used together with natural bait fishing, it is quite difficult to get good results on a fly rod.

But what did I care?

I used my fly rods and my lake flies and I had fun as soon I started using my river nymphs for muddy waters: a strange kind of red worms and San Juan variants tied with squirmy wormy bodies and red stretch floss.
I used them in the winter, but also in the spring and it seems that they work very well even when the water is cold and the black bass theoretically should not be eating.

Bass from a private lake - A great place to go outside of the regular season
Fierce fighter - The black bass is an excellent fighter
The squirmy nymph at work - The bass are willing to take this nymph when little else works
Black bass
Lucian Vasies
Having fun today with Black Bass - They can be difficult to catch even with the Squirmy Nymph and impossible on classic flies and streamers
Bass caught on a wiggly fly - Almost an octopus with all its arms

I used a

floating line when I fished close to the bank and an intermediate or sinking line when I fished deeper. Equipment used: Winston Boron size #8 9', a Lamson Reel with Cortland sinking and intermediate lines and a Barrio floating line, which is a really good line.

So guys,

I highly recommend these flies even if they look more like a soft lure. Black bass is a great fish to catch, explosive in its attacks, a good fighter combined with impressive jumps. Give it a try and you'll love this fish.

Tying the fly is not a big deal.

Everybody can make them. It's fun and easy: just use a size hook in the 10-14 range, a piece of thread to fix the squirmy material on the hook shank. Leave a nice long tail (3-4 time longer than the hook shank) and make the body of the fly using the same material or spiky synthetic dubbing or flashy chenille.

Step 1: bead and thread

Step 2: squirmy rubber

Step 3: wrap

Step 4: tie down

Your imagination is the limit but I have only one piece of advice: the fly should move a lot in the water.

Squirmy Nymph
Pattern type: 
Lucian Vasies
Barbless jig hook in size 10 down to 14
Gold Tungsten bead in size 3,5mm and 4mm
Squirmy Wormy in red or earthworm colors
hot spot dubbing - fire black color
Skill level/difficulty: 
Very easy

Mixed body - The red squirmy material and mixed dubbing for the body
Squirmy worm - Tied in the San Juan Worm style
Red squirmy nymphs
Lucian Vasies
The earth worm - Earth worm colored squirmy tail and mixed dubbing for the body
Tan tail - The jiggy fly with a tan tail
Earth wormy squirmy nymphs
Lucian Vasies


Hi David, I'm gl...

Hi David,

I'm glad that you like them. I had a few nice perch on the red ones. A big carp took out completely my intermediate line ( I had a bad knot between line and backing ).These works excellent also on trout and chub. Probably barbell will take them, I'm not sure but these days I will try in a river where these ladies are swimming .

Very nice and simple...

Very nice and simple. I can see the perch going for those too.
Thanks for posting

Squirmy worm ...

How do you keep the thread from cutting into the squirmy stuff when anchoring it down to shank of the hook?
I know--soft turns but the the squirmy stuff rolls around the hook..

stopping squirmy spin...

a drop of super glue is what I use

also I found yards and yards of silicone cord in assorted diameters at a craft store (closeout)
works quite well


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