In the Northeast, the cinder worm “hatch”—some folks call it a “swarm”—happens early in the season, offering anglers a first great chance of finding blitzing striped bass. These swarms can happen through July, depending on location, so it’s always a good idea to have a few patterns with you. Writing in Saltwater Sportsman, John McMurray says, “When it goes off. . .it might be the ultimate experience in Northeast light-tackle fishing. It is the only time when conquering a 40-plus-inch striper with a 1-inch bait is a possibility.”
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Matt Grobert, an author and blogger, demonstrates his technique for creating a Cinder Worm fly. There’s not much to it, but you will need to learn to use a dubbing noodle and to spin deer hair. Luckily, Grobert offers clear, step-by-step instruction for both skills. You’ll find that these techniques come in handy for a whole host of patterns.
Hook: Standard saltwater hook (here a Mustad 34007), sizes 2-6.
Thread 1: Red, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Adhesive 1: Dubbing wax.
Body: Bright red SLF dubbing.
Thread 2: Black, 3/0 or 210-denier.
Head: Black deer body hair, spun.
Tools: Dubbing twister.