these little beauties from Lucian Vasies are the chocolate covered marshmallow-filled fish candy hot dogs of the nymph world, some of the handful of freshwater fly patterns that fit in the “If a fish won’t take them flies they don’t deserve to be caught… “ category and better yet, they’re a super-easy and super-fast pattern to tie. hard to beat on all levels, aye ?
“The Micro Nymph tied bellow with Catgut Biothread is a fly used in East Europe for his realistic look and for “easy to be tied” fact. A fly like this is efficient for his generic aspect and can be considered a search type of pattern. In fact this pattern is tied with body made of different types of threads but catgut gives a special look . The translucency is very unique and gives a realistic aspect to all flies ( nymphs or emergers ) tied with this fantastic material.”
click either pic for the complete step-by-step and HERE to source Biothread.
bon appétit , enjoy !
remember these catgut lovelies ?
well, today’s a fly tying double-celebration day !
firstly, it’s Lucian Vasies‘ first video tying tutorial (congrats mate !)
and secondly (well, it ties in with the first point so its not really a a firstly/secondly thing but it sounds good ?..) anyhow, here’s how to tie this oh-too-yummy-to-resist caddis pupa starring über-cool and realistic catgut/biothread that you can get directly from Lucian here.
tip: catgut needs to be soaked in water for 10 or so minutes before tying. since it dries up when stored, this makes it soft and flexible and very easy to wrap around the hook shank. plus, we get to see exactly how the fly will look when it’s wet and fishing: transluco bug-sexy !
btw, in case you’re wondering, this is what an aubergine looks like.
(some might call it an eggplant)
no need to worry, no pussy was turned inside-out to supply us with this ultra-cool tying material !
“Catgut is tough cord made from the intestines of certain animals, particularly sheep, and used for surgical ligatures and sutures, for the strings of violins and related instruments, and for the strings of tennis rackets and archery bows.”
translucent and as life-like as it gets, sold as a little tube that’s tied in and wrapped around the hook shank,
as in some other things, the real magic happens when it gets wet !
click the pics to get to Lucian’s great step-by-steps, you’ll find catgut here. enjoy !