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These Glajcha (Vladi) Worms have been tied for us by Michal (a new addition to the Barbless Flies tying family), he is a real expert fly tier and has introduced us to some of his local patterns, from Poland. This fly is known in Poland as the Glajcha ('Garden worm'). It is an imitation of a common worm and fishes incredibly well in coloured and higher water. Even though the fly has a slim profile, it is still quite heavy.
There are many stories about the creation of this pattern, from various sources, it was born in the early 80’s in the Polish region of the Tatras moutains. It became famous in 1989 when Władysław Trzebunia (Vladi is the short form of Vladislav) won the World Fly Fishing competition in Kuusamo, Finland. Originally it was made from a condom, and this pattern is no different it's made from a condom because the material gives some transparency to fly.
These flies (like most worm patterns) are most effective in high water ( or after a flood/rise in water) when its going down and clearing, they usually attract the bigger flies when used in the bigger sizes (8 and 10), the smaller sizes (12 and 14) are really effective on clear water.
Where these patterns really come into their own is in smaller rivers with high soil banks where real worms are washed from banks. Use the bigger sizes as a point fly in deeper holes, the smaller sizes as a general dropper (smaller sizes can imitate a bloodworm).
The blank saver - Very often used in competitions whenever the conditions are less than optimal and is often a blank saving fly!
These flies are only available individually in sizes 10, 12 & 14. Just choose your size, and click on "add to cart", you can adjust the quantities in your cart.