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Fly Tying: Overdressing the Fly

Often, simple, underdressed patterns are better producers. I tend toward the ‘if one wrap is good, two is better’ style. Give the materials, you apply to the shank, room to move, pulse, wiggle. Overdressing causes much of the materials to collapse or compress and be of little value other than thickness. Usually, this is too much thickness if you look at real life insects. 

Overdressed Shroud on Beaded Caddis Pupa

The above pattern has an Antron shroud similar to LaFontaine’s Caddis pupa patterns. It is a little heavy and the underbody of amber brown beads will be lost. The below pattern is a slightly better result with an Antron/CDC shroud.

Slightly less shrouded pupa

Below is an even sparser shroud; perhaps too sparse. However, this gives you an idea of how one pattern can have several looks with the application of materials that either reveal or hide important parts of a pattern’s body.

Sparse Shroud, Beard/Underwing

   


2 Responses to “Fly Tying: Overdressing the Fly”


  1. 1 Bill Lee
    May 27, 2011 at 08:33

    I notice the ending process of your patterns are a bit unkempt. Without offending, is that intentional or..?

    Bill (frequent visitor)

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    • 2 SwittersB
      May 27, 2011 at 08:41

      Ha! So diplomatic. Well, Bill in this instance it was intentional to allow trailing this and that. I won’t deny with my sometimes poor eyesight, dull scissors and shaky hand that I fail to create the perfect thread head. I have mentioned before my ‘suggestive’ style of tying could be a easy excuse to be a bit sloppy. In this instance, I was going for the shaggy, bristly look. Thanks for dropping by…appreciate the comments.

      Gary/SB

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