As the small Trout waters start to cool down after the summer this pattern really comes into its own.

This worm pattern can be fished at any depth on more-or-less any fly line once you work out where in the water column to present it, they will take it cast after cast.

The Partridge PWW is the hook of choice when I tie this pattern as it has a short shank and wide gape, giving you great strength and great hooking properties when landing large trout.

Hook – PWW #10

Legs – Medium Olive Spanflex

Beads – Olive Glass Seed Beads

Tag – Fluorescent Red Danvilles Flymaster


Matthew Pate

Hi, I’m Matthew I’ve been fishing in the small waters and rivers of Wales since the age of eleven. I have also tied flies from the very beginning too. Being a self-taught fly tyer and a quick learner, tying flies became a massive part of my hobby and it quickly turned into an addiction, just as important as the fishing itself.

In 2014 I gained my first welsh cap in the small Still Water International, which was one of the greatest honours I will probably achieve. In close second was coaching the 2015 Team in their match in Ireland. Smallwater fishing is my passion. I learnt my trade on my club water which is just ten minutes from my home (LLYN FAWR). So this is the discipline where I spend most of my time fishing but I do also fish river and the big water when I can to keep things fresh.

I don’t really have a specific type of fly that I like to tie but I do cover a lot in my tying, everything from big gory lures to little delicate dry flies but given the choice a particular type of fly that I’d like to try, would have to be Nymphs.