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Brad Hanson's Salmon Maggot

Salmon carcasses along Alaska streams are very prominent in and of themselves, but their presence also creates a situation that is worth considering for the trout and char fisherman. Frequently carcasses above the water line become maggot infested. This writhing mass of maggots takes on the profile of a salmon and is disgustingly impressive. Rain, fluctuating water levels and boat traffic wakes all contribute to these larvae being washed into the river which creates another "hatch" of sorts. Maggots are easy to imitate and their presence should not be ignored if taking trout is the objective.

1. Body - Swannundaze or Larva-Lace

2. Thread - White 3/0 waxed mono-cord

3. Hook - #16-18 Nymph, e.g. Tiemco 2457

4. Weight - .015 lead wire


  1. Wrap the hook shank to form a base.

  2. Attach .015 lead wire to the middle one third of the hook shank extending rearward, and then wrap forward and tie off. The lead should be wrapped on the middle one third of the hook shank leaving space at the head and tail; this will give the desired "cigar" taper to the fly's body.

  3. Tie in Swannundaze or Larva Lace at the hook bend extending to the rear.

  4. Make repeated wraps with the tying thread to completely cover the lead and fill the abrupt spaces at the front and rear of the lead. These repeated wraps of thread are what will give the fly it's uniform shape and color. Make the final wraps forward leaving the thread at the head.

  5. Using close wraps, bring the Swannundaze forward to cover the entire body. Tie off and whip finish.

Pattern by Brad Hanson
Photo by B. Hanson 2000

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