Fly Tying: Magic Stretch (Body Material)

A while back I was at a bead shop…one of those ‘I wonder if…’ moments hit me when I saw this stretch stuff on a spool..Magic Stretch. I bought a spool and as often happens set it aside, until it was rediscovered two years later…’oh, wow I remember this’.

So, the other day I tied a bead head Caddis pattern and for the heck of it ribbed the fly by stretching the Magic Stretch. I pulled it pretty hard but it was a bit much for a small fly.

So, I was perfusing Flytying: New and Old and low and behold there was a use for Magic Stretch of great value. Just like VRib and other vinyl tubing-ribbing materials it provides the segmented body and the color can be added beneath and by marker. Check out Flytying: New and Old for additional info on this inexpensive material.

1 Response to “Fly Tying: Magic Stretch (Body Material)”

  1. September 13, 2010 at 21:47

    Magic Stretch also makes a killer midge larva or even worm by simply wrapping the shank of the hook with thread (color of choice) and then palmer the Magic Stretch over the thread. It’s easy to taper the body by giving it a good stretch at the back of the hook and let off tension as you move up. Mike


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