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A quick and simple one for Friday night.

This is a quick Friday night, simple and realistic melt glue caddis pupa. Although it takes a little practice to master the use of melt glue, once mastered its a great material.

1
Secure your caddis hook in the vice and tie in a long olive osrtrich herl at the bend

2
Remove your tying thread and apply a little melt glue on top of the hook shank.

3
With a lighter soften the melt glue, so it runs around the hook shank. But be careful not to burn it.

4
While the glue is still soft, but not too soft, wind on the herl rib so it sinks a little into the glue.

5
Once the rib is on wet your finger and wipe the top of the body from the eye to the bend so the herl sits fast into the glue.

6
Take a water proof felt pen and mark the top of the body. Attach your tying thread again.

7
The body should now look like this from above.

8
Make a dubbing loop and spin a little CdC for the collar.

9
Wind on the CdC dubbing loop.

10
Now apply a little buggy dubbing to form the thorax.

11
Whip finish and brush out the fibers of the dubbing. I use an old tooth brush.

12
Your finished melt glue caddis pupa. You can see the transparent body.

6 responses

  1. Hi Barry,
    Great fly, quick and effective. Thnaks for sharing those great and creative ideas.
    Tight lines and dry socks
    Sven

    October 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

  2. Hi Thanks Sven, shot a big bull on Sunday so I have your moose mane hanging to dry now.
    All the best

    Barry

    October 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t expect it that fast. Thanks alot in advance!!!

      October 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  3. Marcel , Netherlands

    Thanks a lot for this great catching fly!
    I am not familiar with this kind of “melt glue” , what is it exactly ( name) ??, were to buy??
    Thanks allready for your reply..

    October 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    • Hi Marcel,

      The melt glue gun, or Crazy glue gun as its called in the USA, Is a hobby tool that can be bought at most hardware stores just for a few Euro. You can get glue in just about any colour from clear to colours with glitter in them. You can also see some other patterns I have made with melt glue on this blog:

      Virtual Minnow and Mutantz.

      Hope this helps you.

      Barry

      October 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    • Marcel , Netherlands

      Thanks Barry for your fast reply and info , i´ll definite find it arround here and will try to copy your example.
      Regards,
      Marcel

      October 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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