Keeping on the theme of melt glue I thought I would show you this pattern that has a little different technique than the Mutant. Here I combine the material into the melt glue. It does take a little practice and time to master these melt glue techniques but the results are worth it! For more general info on caddis pupa take a look at the Bee Cee caddis in the archive.
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12 thoughts on “Melt Glue Caddis Pupa”
I don’t mean to be picky of such a Great Demo. but have you ever thought of using your heat gun w/ narrow tip instead of the lighter which I usually burn off my Peacock Herl in this process as I am old and shaky in these latter years ,, This is about the BEST SITE that I have ever found for instructions and by such Brilliant people to ,, Thx’s , keep it up , Zekietumber
Very nnice looking bug, I will have to say. Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:20:28 +0000 To: email@example.com
Superb by simplicity ! In my area ,the trout,any kind of trout,is a wonderful dream.We have chub,aspius aspius and other fishes with many little bones.A prize/bonus is the catfish and the zander.Some fishermen believe that,for zanders,the translucent materials,are the best.In this case,to adapt the MELT GLUE CADDIS PUPA for zanders it is enough to replace the coloured glue with a transparent one ?Or to replace the glue with silicone from twisters,somehow or other ?Any kind of tips &tricks,including some inserts in glue,shared to us,are very helpful.
Secondly,a few words about shrimps,scuds,gammarus,nymphs,sow bugs…differences,relevance…
Thirdly,in the end for now,a precise problem.How to “WELD” 2-3 feathers each other on a dry fly,when the neck is a cheap one,from India ?
Hi melt glue comes in about 40 colours, including clear, take a look at my Virtula minnow, that transparent body is maybe what you are looking for! When fishing gammarus/ scuds you can normally get buy with one pattern in a few different sizes and colours, see my post when the foil speaks the wise man listens. With regard to your hackle question you can tie in three hackles and wrap them one at a time to create a denser hackle finish, but I reccomend that you
invest in a good quality neck, it makes tying so much easier…
Thank you for the answer,Emil-Ioan
Where do you get colored melt glue? Mine only comes in clear or creamy white.
Hi Joseph, the melt glue is available in at least 40 different colours with or without glitter. You can buy this coloured glue at most hobby shops. Many types are also available in different setting times. You should have no problem finding it online.
I am loving this pattern and the website. I tie a caddis pupa with an abdomen that is very similar; using an under body of either pearl or holographic tinsel, ribbed with ice stretch lace (or micro tubing) with further rib of bar dyed ostrich herl. I leave just enough space between the turns of the first rib to wind the ostrich herl (this protects the stem of the ostrich herl. It looks great when it is wet and has caught me a lot of fish.
Hi Chris, and thanks. I havent posted much in the last few days, I have been busy making SbS for magazines and I did a flyfair on Saturday here in my home town. David Edwards is visiting me next week and we thought we would try and do some salt water sea trout fishing but its -17 here today and the sea has frozen again, but it may change…
Hi Barry, I hope the conditions improve for you and David. I have got to say I think that the website is absolutely fantastic!!!! When I get a chance I will take some images of my caddis pattern and send them to you. All the best Chris
Another example of the Ostrich herl gills. I like it a great deal, and was glad to stumble upon this!. I particularly like that the Ostrich sinks into the melt glue, which I think is important to protect the delicate herl, as I find it inclined to break. (as per my comment on your other pattern, I have been winding it between V rib wraps to try to achieve the same). Thank you for the ideas.
I am intending to experiment with this further, using holographic or pearl tinsel underbodies, possibly organza gills and try using UV resin instead of the hot glue????!!!! Any thoughts????!!!!
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