Posts Tagged ‘antron


Fly Tying: Large Caddis/Sedge Pattern

I saw this wing technique (burning end of synthetic wing) some time ago, but cannot find the site now. With this pattern, there are few working parts: 2 pieces of Antron, 8/0 brown thread, one cream hackle and the size 10 hook.

First, a thread base was wrapped back and forth on the thread shank. A piece of Antron, that is the length of the hook shank, was tied in at the bend, allowing for a portion to extend out past the bend, to the rear as a tail. The Antron is pulled up over the top of the shank and held with right hand. The left hand is used (off hand for most) to tightly wrap the thread up the length of the body, which creates a segmented ribbing. This portion of the fly can end at the thorax area because it will be covered up.

Next I gathered a portion of Antron much thicker (four strands) than the section used for the body (one section of yarn). I tied the material in at the thorax point, about 2/3’s of the way up the shank from the rear bend. I left a bushy front end protruding out over the eye of the hook. Then I trimmed the rear part of the wind so that it just extended past the tail. I took a lighter and singed the tips of the Antron and crimped with  pliers. Lastly, I tied in a cream hackle and wrapped it 3-4 turns and tied of right behind the wing. Another colored hackle would be fine. I used cream, but grizzly or dun would be fine.

You can see the Antron or Zelon color and hackle could be mixed to create varied appearances. Of course, the size could be bigger or smaller, while using a light wire hook to help maintain floatation.


Fly Tying: Keep Eyes Open for Materials

By all means support your local fly shop and online resources for fly tying materials. But, also explore a bit in craft stores, bead shops, fabric stores, yarn shops and like today when cleaning out a house of this and that. This morning I came across a carpet remnant that appears to be comprised of Antron fibers. I exercised restraint and cut out a few patches of the carpet, enough to provide a decade of material.

Cut up and blended or brushed out for a shroud or left twisted for an extended abdomen, the Antron is a synthetic material that has several uses in fly tying. It was headed for the dumpster, but enough was salvaged to satisfy years worth of recreational tying.


Tying a Hairwing Dun-Emerger (But, a Well Known Caddis Pattern too)

I frankly never remember to tie these patterns. How simple while churning out dozens of Elk Hair Caddis (EHC) to simply tie the Hairwing Dun. Whether, the tail is a traditional split tail of hackle fibers or as I tied it with Zelon/Antron fibers, the pattern does well as a mayfly dry pattern (and a caddis too).


These were tied on a size 14 hook. The thread was tan 8/0. The tail was tan Zelon and the dubbing was a tan synthetic by Hareline Dubbin. The dubbing was twisted onto the thread and wrapped up the shank to satisfy the abdomen and thorax. Tan elk hair was cut from the hide, evened out in a hair stacker and tied in as a wing. Simple as that. No rib. A basic EHC wing for a mayfly pattern. This pattern satisfies the mayfly emerger/adult pattern needs.


Notice the identical wing for the EHC and the Hairwing Dun. Below is a Hairwing Dun tied with a traditional hackle barb tail I found at Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing. I must note what I took to be a nice experimental effort on my part has the same look as the famous Matthews X-Caddis…hmm…the complications of thinking you are original and realizing, as you would expect, others have been there..done that..and called it something else. Oh well..the wing is the issue here. The tail I have used conflicts with the renowned X-Caddis pattern. What can I say…it works for both.

South Holston Sulfur HairWing Dun


Lil’ Grey Nymph (So Simple You’ll Ignore It….Don’t)

Lil' Gray Nymph~SwittersB

At first blush you would discount this pattern as too simple to be worthy or effective. I understand that more adornments seems better. But, this pattern has REPEATEDLY proven itself on stillwaters and streams. I have taught fly tying to beginners over the years. After the Woolly Worms, Elk Hair Caddis, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Bead Head this and that…I would end the class with this pattern. I would invariably see the baffled looks. ‘This fly does not seem complex enough to work.”  A gift horse in the mouth….

Work it like any nymph…it works. The Lil’ Grey was the original color. I was on a grey kick. It work as a Lil’ Brown or Lil’ Greenie. Simple to tie for a young tyer and absolutely efficient at catching trout. Trust me…trust it. The tying sequence is hopefully simple to follow.











Grey or Gray…this lil’ nymph is probably too simple to warrant all the pics, but I am not given to the usual tutorial sequences. So, I thought I would give it a try. To recap….simple to tie, simply tight.You can look at the fly and go….well a wire rib would add more flash….A little Krystal flash to the wing…oh the tail is too bushy….see you are thinking too much. Take a break…keep it simple.


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