In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Matt Grobert with Tightlinevideo ties his Cinder Worm fly pattern that should be in every striper angler box during the spring.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Intermediate

When targeting striped bass, one of the most exciting opportunities is during the cinder worm hatch. This begins when water temps in estuaries and salt ponds warm to around 60 degrees. Much like hatches in rivers, striped bass will eat these worms on the surface like a dry fly. In saltwater fishing, this is extremely unique situation you always want to be prepared for and Grobert’s Cinder Worm is a exactly that fly for the job.

Although this fly looks simple to tie, it requires quite a bit of skill and technique. If you are a beginner tyer, take your time and do not rush the body or the head. I personally think the dubbing loop tail gives the fly amazing action and profile, but it can be substituted by another red tail material, such as chenille. Changing the size and color of Grobert’s Cinder Worm can help “match the hatch” in your specific waters and spend your time on the water efficiently.

For striped bass, an 8, 9, or 10 weight rod will do. These flies will be smaller, so don’t be afraid to bring out the 8wt and feel the tug of these powerful fish. When the temperatures are on the rise, be on the lookout for these hatches and stop into your local fly shop to figure out what is working in your area! Grobert’s Cinder Worm should be a staple in your fly box this spring and fill the time between that on the vise.


Now you know how to tie Grobert’s Cinder Worm!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Matt Grobert and Tightlinevideo.


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