The Huck-Glow-Squirmy is a tied with Glow in the Dark squirmy material and glow in the dark 3/0 tying thread. it’s tied on a Size 10 Nymph Sproat hook.
When the fishing gets tough, especially with beginners, I don’t know a single guide (including myself) from here in California to Montana and everywhere in between that doesn’t turn to a san juan worm when things are slow. Or when a river is blown out. Or even more effective, the squirmy wormy.
After field testing of the Huck-Glow-Squirmy I have to tell you it’s like cheating. I will not fish with this fly. It’s too effective and I’m too advanced a fly fisherman. But, if I am to guide a kid or beginner this is the fly for them; especially when the trout are hunkered down in deep pools… and in many other winter or low light scenarios.
Here is how it went down: On the interweb, I stumbled into a company in china that makes what looked like the squirmy wormy material, but really bright green glow in the dark. I figured for 10 bucks if they stiffed me it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. When the material came from china I almost fainted. It took it into a dark room… my God. It is awesome. My next dilemma was finding or inventing a squirmy wormy pattern that I like. The problem with fishing Squirmys is that they are one fish flies. They just are not durable at all. in many scenarios, for me, that is acceptable. But, for many guides durability is important.
All the flies I sell on my site I have invented either with my ideas or by taking a grouping of techniques from the masters, adding my own ideas and calling it good. Well, the Huck-Glow-Squirmy is very close, if not identical to a pattern I found on the internet called “The Durable Squirmy Wormy”. It was created by a professional fly tier named Clark “Cheech” Pierce; he deserves the credit for the pattern. I don’t use all the same materials for different reasons, but, it is similar. You can find how to tie it here. You can find Cheech and his amazing work on his Fly Fish Food site here: Fly Fish Food. I have not met Cheech, but from his bio he sounds like a hilarious guy I’d love to fish with one day.
Here’s a great story of how effective Huck-Glow-Squirmy is. I have a 23 year old son in Bozeman. i have written about him on my blog quite a bit. i love fishing with him. He is a stick. my son ran out to the Gallatin in Mid January of 2019. It’s only 10 minutes from his apartment. Even though all the fishing reports said the Gallatin was too cold, all the edges iced, and the middle a slush and unfishable, he went to check it out. And sure enough it was unfishable where the only castable water was total slush in the middle with icebergs floating by. So, he said to himself, “I’m out here. what the hell.” He tied on one of the Huck-Glow-Squirmy I left with him to battle test in the field. he casted to the moving part of the Gallatin into the slush and the fly didn’t sink though the slushy ice. It drifted for a 2 count on top when a big brown came up from ten feet from the bottom and hit the Huck-Glow-Squirmy on top! Mark battled the brown to his net over the ice and quickly figured out how to get it back into the river unharmed. My guess is he had to toss it.
Just be responsible with the Huck-Glow-Squirmy because I feel like I have invented a nuclear weapon and consequently am going to regret it because of my “narcissistic” ethical structure.