Let me introduce myself. My name is Patricio "Pagraig" Carey. I'm 32 yo and I'm from Argentina. Actually, now living and working in Mexico since a couple of years and curiousyl, was here where I learned to fly fishing and fly tying (pretty funny thing, since I lived 6 months in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego and another 6 mothns in El Calafate, Santa Cruz... all located at the very south of my country of origin).
I've been tying and fly fishng for a year and a half more or less. Actually I'm not a pro, as you can see on the flies below, but I'm having great experiences and learning at this point and sometimes becomes a little bit hard, and it may sound contradictory, but the more to be learned, the hardest... but anyway, the more exciting this activity becomes... I think this is why I preffer to flyfishing and flytying over other type of fish... there's ALWAYS something to learn or improve. I love the permanent challenge about new flies, materials and ways to tie. Some friends from here and I, we're part of a small tying and fishing club... actually is not a club, since we don't have even a name, description... we just get to ty togheter on Thursdays and latelly we've been talking about that the patterns normally tied don't get to far from a pheasant tail, nymph, some prince look-a-like nymphs, caddis, addams, long legs, poppers, bait fish made of deer hair and a few patterns with epoxi cement. We're no tired to ty the same... but we're looking for more patterns, more variations
Latelly I've been reading some Tenkara Fishing and it sounds really good. At least I started to ty the soft hackle of some nymph and larva patterns pointing forward, to the eye of the hook, instead to the bend. And talking about flies, I want to show you some patterns that I tied a few days ago. Leaving the Tenkara style, I've tied the bodies of the flies below by braiding two srtands of whool about 3 inches (7 cm) long on hooks, TMC 200R #10, for example. I think that the pattern looks very simple and smoothly. The knnot is called snake belly (or "panza de víbora", here in Mexico) and is very simple, and as you can see, the variations and combinations of colors is almost endless. Not only whool, 4 strand floss, coated copper wire, even slinky flash, EP fibers or almost anything you can twist and keep tight to make the knots. I'm not trying to impress nobody here... as I mention, I'm only a begginer, showing some flies, trying to have you most sincere opinion, and of course, if you know more braided patterns or variations or new knots to give to my flies a different aspect.
Thanks a lot for reading this post. Hope you can give me an opinion of the flies above and / or can give me more ideas about braided body flies.
Sorry for my "engrish"
Patricio "Padraig" Carey.