Fly Tying Videos- a Catgut Caddis Pupae

remember these catgut lovelies ?
catgut nymph
catgut nymph Lucian Vasies close-up

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) Aubergine

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 !

Spooning with Silly-Putty !

going a little further than the usual snuggly connotation,  or the countless hours of fun one can have with this basic tool,

of greater interest than the fly itself, today’s tying video is about the ingenious use of Silly Putty to create a mold for making a UV resin body. lets all raise our caps and bow our heads to this southern chap for giving us the inspiration to make all sorts of fly parts with this non-sticky method !
legs, extended bodies, tails, abdomens, you name it, this gives a lot of opportunities for the creative tier.

next week we’ll have a few views on creative ‘forking and how the two tying methods lead to superior flies. enjoy !