Fly Fishing & Tying: Busy Body

One of the enjoyable subsets of fly fishing is fly tying. Learning to tie and fish your own creations…and that attract fish. There are, it seems, a gazillion fly patterns out there. Really there are a few hundred patterns and many derivations of a single pattern. It is part of the exploratory/creative process of fly tying to change up patterns and to adapt patterns to new materials and successful experimentations.

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Here a simple wet fly pattern (wound partridge wing and dubbed body) is jazzed up with the addition of a gold bead head, white goose biots wings, orangish goose biots tail, copper ribbing over the addition of synthetic flash into the dubbing mix. All these materials flex, compress, pulse, twitch, flash as the fly drifts and tumbles through the riffles of a stream. It attracts, hopefully, by suggesting life.

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This macro image of the abdomen/thorax of the fly gives a glimpse of the fibers protruding from the dubbed (wrapped) material on the hook. Each protruding fiber will move, collect bubbles, all suggesting a living insect below the surface of the water….hopefully. A Busy Body as it were.

9 Responses to “Fly Fishing & Tying: Busy Body”

  1. July 21, 2014 at 20:09

    and I meant to say that your fly is gorgeous with that red tail! lovely photo too!


  2. July 21, 2014 at 20:08

    Yesterday I got to meet a lovely African Gray parrot, with those gorgeous red tail feathers, and thought of you and my other fishermen friends!


  3. July 20, 2014 at 19:42

    This is really cool! I never knew this about the little fibers creating bubbles making it look like a real bug! 😄


    • July 20, 2014 at 20:54

      Well, it is attempted and those capable of underwater photography have noted a gaseous bubble or sheath that encases some insects (most notably Caddis) as they rise from the bottom toward the top…theoretically with the help of the formed bubble(s). Lots of theory, but easier to copy other innovators that tout success for their ideas….hmmm….sorry long winded explanation.


  4. July 20, 2014 at 18:29

    I’ve never been fly fishing…I think that needs to go on my bucket list!


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