too cool caddis larva

woW… some really nice out-of-the-box thinking here yielding a fantabulous result.
it’s not every day we get to have so much fun with basically a bare hook, glue and flames,

hmg caddis larva 1

make a horrid mess,
hmg caddis larva 2

and turn an ugly duckling into a beautiful caddis larva.hmg caddis larva 3click on either pic to access Ivan Randjelović Mixmaster’s  brilliant tutorial on musicarenje.net
enjoy !

note- i’ve never seen or heard of black hot melt glue and a quick net search doesn’t reveal much. maybe permanent markers will do the trick for the thorax region and legs.

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Fly Tying with a gun.

a great sticky tip from Barry Ord Clarke

although not an exclusive element to this material and not all flies require it to be effective, transparency can give very realistic impressions of air bubbles, reflections from the underwater environment, the natural transparency of some bugs or baitfish or in other words, of life.
hot melt glue is inexpensive, great fun to use because it’s sticky, hot and smells sexy and it brings creativity to the tying process closer to one of sculpture, of modeling a fly.

what’s not to like with results like these ? 

click either pic for Barry’s hot and sticky tutorial. enjoy !