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First trys, Mayfly? Ant, Damsel, Caddis Legs


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#1 CaddiChucker

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

Hi all, newby here. Just getting started.

I'm kinda torn over this, because I really like the way a few of the pros did (Caddis) legs with feather/quills on this site. But Sergio's stuff just made me pissed off, so I started thinking about quick (realistic) legs.

So, basicly the technique is being refined, but (I think)the technique looks pretty good so far, (but "plasticy, like I cheated). You can get little hairs on them, and really these only take 2 minutes each,and no gluing any parts together. But to each his own, these are for Caddis, I think the technique can be used for any legs. Its just hotglue, and maybe some thin wire is in order for durability?

Here are my other flies I tied this week: (no fly tying supplies, just whats around the house, no idea what I'm doing)

But anyway, I have been watching some nice video, and hope to get into this. I really want to do a decent damsel, but I have read that they are not a good fisher when full grown, you need to do larvee stages. But I'm still gonna do a few, and fish em, probably more a summer fly.

The 'Mayfly thing is made from old pants cloth, and a toothpick, sewing thread. Kinda like a 40's look, but thats not what I was going for, the ant was from foam I have, with marker, damsel fly (dead,not whole)was a wire undercarriage and athletes tape with marker. The wings from envelope windows. The caddis legs are after about 15 minutes goofing around with hotglue, same markers, different results?

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#2 lykos33

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:46 PM

Not a thing wrong with those...very realistic looking legs...keep us in the loop (keep posting)
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#3 British mike

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:32 PM

Nothing wrong with those as realistic legs.................good idea

Mike

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#4 CaddiChucker

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:08 AM

Nothing wrong with those as realistic legs.................good idea

Mike


Thanks- Just saw this great ant: I would need to do an army ant (red/black), for anything that large around here, but its got a great leg idea, just 3 threads and varnish then mash, heat bend.

I do think the hotglue leg concept hold great promis, but the thread idea is great for full blown mayflys etc.

I'm an artist by trade, so this stuff is just fun. But its cheating to do flys from all-hotglue!

Every time I look there is something new and amazing here!

Ran out of hotglue, so, those hopper legs will have to wait! Really difficult head-thorax on those. Also want to do a small crayfish.....

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#5 Córdoba Sergio

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:41 AM

Very good idea. I like so much!!!!

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 11:40 AM

Very good idea. I like so much!!!!

Thanks Sergio, (if its about mine), yes, this is quick! Use a small glue gun, and the HOT glue, not medium. The trick is to use a paper clip or thick wire, then bend it to form the kinks in the leg, saves a step.

I also thought about using nylon guitar string stretch over controlled flame. (Brass plate with hole or something) But the hot glue is faster, and way more control. I think 10 minutes for a set of legs, maybe 20.(Caddis Larvee, Spiders, Crawdads, grasshopper rears}- anything 'big'. Would it be cheating to make heads out of this stuff?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:14 PM

Ok, and what size {DAIICHI 1120 Scud Shrimp Worm Hook} for that carpenter ant if its say 16mm long? Would that be about an 8? Carpenter ants are friggin' COOL! Specially with wings. B)