Published Mar 17. 2007 - 17 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 12. 2020

Wiggle Jig Worm

Maybe you found the previously published tandem rag worm too tandemnised and would be better off with a one-hook-only fly.Then The Wiggling Jigging Worm shown in this article is a good alternative.

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.

A salmonide -
Testing the rod -
They slammed the fly -
Poles marking - the starting point
Reel low camera -
Kasper Mühlbach
Wiggling Worm
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Kasper Mühlbach
Aberdeen, #2
Rusty, 8/0
Red, 3.8 mm
Magic Head
Angel Hair, gold an brownish Marabou
0.20 mm nylon
3 mm Scud Back or similar
3 mm Scud Back or similar
Crystal Chenille, brown, medium
Skill level/difficulty: 
A little difficult
  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.


Martin Joergensen's picture

Richard, The Magi...


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.


I've never seen a ma...

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.

these are great bait...

these are great baits!

Martin Joergensen's picture

fishermanpl, Use ...


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,


Hello guys .Im going...

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/

where do i get the c...

where do i get the clear MAGIC HEAD. DES.

John T, the size ...

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.


Hi, What size Magic ...

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

Paul, You are righ...

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 :-)

Paul, have you tr...


have you tried it?


Just the thing for t...

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

rybolov's picture

Nice. I bet the bas...

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


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