Tying Instructions: San Juan Worm

1. Slip the bead onto the hook and place the hook in the vise.
Step One
2. Attach the thread behind the bead a couple of eye lengths behind the eye. Lay a thread foundation to the middle of the bend on the hook. Attach a wire rib to the bottom of the hook shank and wrap the thread to the middle of the bend again.
Step Two
3. Tie in a section of ultra chenille at the middle bend of the hook with a couple of overlapping thread wraps. The chenille should extend behind the hook about 1.5 x's the hook gap.
Step Three
4. Move thread forward and pull the Ultra Chenille over the top of the hook anchoring the material with a couple of thread wraps at the top of the bend.
Step Four
5. Wrap the wire ribbing forward with 4-5 evenly spaced spirol wraps. Secure with thread wraps and trim off the tag end of the wire.
Step Five
6. Attach a second piece of Ultra Chenille at the top of the hook shank in the same area that the lower section ended.
Step Six
7. Secure with thread wraps and whip finish.Cut off thread.
Step Seven
8. Slip the bead over the secured ends of both chenilles and reattach the thread in front of the bead.
Step Three
9. Pull the top chenille over the bead and secure this piece just in front of the bead with a couple of wraps. Wrap the thread around the hook shank to just behind the eye.
Step Four
10. Apply a couple of whip finishes and trim off the thread.
Step Five
11. Burn the ends of the chenille by bringing the flame close by. You want to sear the ends to a point without leaving any black soot marks.
Step Six
12. The Finished San Juan Worm.
Step Seven

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