I can't take one iota of credit for finding Tricky Worms. In June 2015, Colton Ruidl, a fan of my web show, sent me photos of some Tricky Worm patterns he'd tied, dubbing them "Ruidl's Wiggler." I was intrigued and hunted down my own stash that same week. The first streamer I made had a purple tail, some dumbbell eyes, and a black Laser Dub head. When I swam it, my jaw hit the riverbank. Never before had I seen such a fluid, sexy shimmy in a fly's tail. Even when paused, the back end undulated and fluttered. It was alive. I knew immediately that by tweaking colors, length, and weight, I could make this fly become whatever I wanted, from a baitfish to a bass worm to an eel and beyond. In the two years since then, I've wrecked everything from Saskatchewan pike to Jersey smallies and stripers to Amazon peacocks on variations of the fly. While I was doing that, Florida guide David Mangum was wrecking something even more massive.