Tying a Flexi Floss Blood Worm with Davie McPhail

Simple yet, effective. The Blood Worm is an imitation of a Midge (Chironomidae) in its larvae state. These Blood worms are naturally found at the bottom of lakes and rivers and happen to be a big part of a Trout's diet. The Blood Worm gets its blood-red colouration from the oxygen and haemoglobin held within their bodies. The great advantage of Blood Worms is that they can be tied in various different ways, some with beaded bodies, weighted heads, others with dangling legs and some like the one Davie McPhail ties, with a tail and a Flexi Floss body. These flies can be fished year-round, but find great success in the winter when hatches slow down.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Flexi Floss Blood Worm, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B110 size 10 Thread: UTC 70 Fire Orange Tail: Red Marabou Under-Body: Red Marabou Body: Red Uni-FLex/ Stretch Floss

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!