What Is Two/Aught?
The Two/Aught concept was borne out of frustration with the current availability of productive flies designed for sight fishing by experienced, local sight fishermen. Many fly shops in even the most fabled destinations across the East and Gulf Coasts are filled with out-dated patterns tied overseas and sold at a huge markup (#4/0 Cockroaches for Keys tarpon?!?). And most of the custom patterns available online are designed by tiers with an immense amount of talent, but little real-world sight fishing experience on the challenging flats of our home waters.
If you fish migratory Tarpon in the Keys these days you already know how effective a worm fly can be when fished correctly. Most popular worm flies are built around a craft foam tail with a narrow dubbing body. While the foam worm is a very effective palolo worm imitation in certain situations, it’s not a very versatile pattern when conditions change.
I tied and fished various worm flies that I found in my reference books and online but I never found a pattern that landed softly, had the right movement, and the versatility to fish high or low depending on conditions.