This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Jacklin Woolly Worm.

Jacklin Woolly Worm |

The Jacklin Woolly Worm pictured above is another fly tied by Bob Jacklin and loaned to me by a good friend. He told me Bob has used this fly with success on the Madison River between Hebgen and Quake Lakes in Montana.

Jacklin is a fixture in West Yellowstone, having arrived in 1967. Bob worked in Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop and Jim Danskin’s Tackle Shop before opening his own West Yellowstone Jacklin’s Fly Shop in 1974.

In 2000, Bob was recognized for his fly tying skills with the prestigious International Federation of Fly Fishers’ Buz Buszek Fly Tying Award.

The other Bob Jacklin fly I posted recently was his Salmonfly.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. I converted to fly fishing in 1977 in Ketchum, ID. Some of my most productive flies were woolly worms on the Big Wood River!

  2. Bob Jacklin is quite the guy, a real class act. I went into his store once and we were taking about the materials in the original Brooks Stonefly, a couple weeks later the original wool that Charlie Brooks used to tie the fly was in an envelope along with a nice note from Bob. The guy is a real ambassador for the sport! I also had the pleasure of fishing on the Yellowstone River right below Yellowstone Lake with him as my personal guide, I will never forget that experience. Regarding his Woolly Worm, he once said on a podcast that all the Big Stonefly nymphs work but in his opinion, the plain old Wolly worm palmered with natural black hackle is probably the best. If anybody wants Bob’s recipe for his Wooly Worm, just call his shop in West Yellowstone and speak to him directly. He will not only give you the details he will probably also mail materials to you free of charge to tie a couple yourself. Merry Christmas

    1. Thanks for leaving a Comment Michael.

      Because I didn’t tie this fly, I don’t have a fly pattern sheet for it. In fact, my TBT post is more about telling a story about old flies. Many times, I tie the fly, but in this case Bob did. When I have them, I try to incorporate or link to a fly pattern sheet on my website.


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