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  1. Like when they go after the strike indicators that are supporting a perfectly tied nymph. They might resemble fish eggs?
  2. So, does anyone have better luck with realistics over standard trout (or other) patterns? I was thinking the realistics, if you use them for fishing, might get an 'older' more wiser trout, so larger fish, on average, or once in a while anyway. Any better luck? What is the advantage of using a realistic over standard pattern, if any?
  3. There was a great toot on tying the grasshopper, anyone here actually use theirs and have luck with it? What realistic is your favorite to use and/or works the best?
  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Been waiting for more of those!
  5. Thanks Mike, a printable would be nice, but I have an old Laser printer. I think engraving/scribing is the way to go, then go over with a light brush load of paint/thinner, then wipe it off. The aluminium wing burner works great, but it will burn exactly to outline, not worked that out yet. Burning even one layer wings gives them alot more support structure. Maybe a soda can, and use a file to get the outline exact, maybe engraving in the can would transfer to the wing also when burned (as a positive though)
  6. Ok, well -I just grabbed this from that Swedish guy who is doing Mayflys etc. - Seems like a sound technique. This is just envelope window, double over, ink on inside, and you 'burn' the outside extra plastic off to fit the wingburner metal (in this case aluminium foil 5x folded) The little clamp secures it so the burn does not damage the wing. I'll be doing a damsel/dragonfly example of this soon. Anyone have a good source for other wing plastics?
  7. Anyone use a double (thin plastic) wing and (home made) wing burners to burn the wings together (so they trap air and float, extra strength, etc)? I have some aluminum sheet stuff, (about 1mm) but I was thinking even a few layers of thick Aluminum foil might do it. Its to protect the center from heat. Also, what is a good source cellophane/plastic for insect wings you've found?
  8. 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.
  9. Ok, thanks that s a great start. The link above, the program is still in development?, but thanks
  10. Ok, I'm trying to figure out size ranges, I guess its variable by region, but does anyone have info on size ranges for Olive Mayflies, Stones, and Caddis -any all stages (USA preferably)? How about dragonfly larve? I would like to rig up a chart so I can figure out leg lengths, hook sizes etc.
  11. 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?
  12. 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..... http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatches/2009/10/9/a-fishable-realistic-foam-ant-by-sergei-utkin/?utm_source=FTFGuest&utm_medium=web&utm_content=post .
  13. 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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