Archive for May 23rd, 2009


Fly Tying Materials (do It yourself processing & storage…some pitfalls)

fly tyingOlder info, but still several good tips for you cost cutting, road kill gathering, bird hunting do-it-yourselfer’s. I have had moth infestation, mice and have had donated, uncured skins rotting. All these, although out in the garage, were a nuisance and sometimes valuable materials were lost. I have had numerous airtight bags breached by mice and entire capes fleeced for a nest somewhere. So, I make every effort to now use secure drawers and boxes with the bags. I had the stack drawers one gets at office stores etc. and although they are secure in front, the rear allows access to the critters. So, although it’s less efficient access wise, I go for more secure containers and because I am lazy regarding labeling, I have more extended searches for materials at times. No biggy. My problem for having every conceivable material sold over the last 30+ years.        Feathers           


Caddis Larva by Radoslav Kiskinov (antron yarn rediscovered)

Caddis Larva~Radoslav Kiskinov

Caddis Larva~Radoslav Kiskinov

I was perusing the great site at and came across this realistic larva pattern. An attached link to GFF provides additional details for the Shark’s Caddis Larva. The comparison with the real insect is impressive. The antron yarn looks to be roughed up a bit and provides a plump, translucent body. As Kiskinov says, the fly is simple to tie and the material does indeed provide a great caddis larva body. Antron yarn is nothing new. I think I have rediscovered the affects of a wet antron body. It looks plump and tasty.

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