How to tie a Palolo Worm Fly with a Weedguard

The annual Palolo Worm Hatch in the Florida Keys is a true spectacle of Mother Nature. Thousands of tarpon collect for a gorging feast during the short time they hatch.  This little Palolo Worm Fly is one of the best ways I have learned to match the hatch.

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Materials List:

Tarpon fishing demands using a strong hook. I prefer a Gamakatsu SL12S size 1/0 for all of my tarpon fishing.

This Worm Pattern is tied with red rabbit strips that are clipped. I have experimented with a few other colors and had pretty good success.
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I find that I catch more fish during the worm hatch when I use a weed guard on my Palolo Worm Flies. I simply use 15 lb. or 20 lb. flouro or mono for my weed guard.

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Step By Step: How to tie a Palolo Worm Fly

Start a hook with red thread

Add a strip of rabbit for the tail

Tie in crystal chenille

Add a 20 lb. flourocarbon weedguard
and whip finish

Trim and complete

Palolo Worm Fly


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"How to tie a
Palolo Worm with a  Weed Guard"
by Capt Matt Thomas

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