: Woven fly question
02-16-2001, 12:12 PM
Yesterday, I picked up some materials at a craft store that are called metalic floss which would make a great body on a woven nymph. I've been shown how to and have seen articles on weaving fly bodies before, but, my brain just isn't clicking on how to do it. Does anyone know of a website that has an animation of this?
02-16-2001, 01:47 PM
In the Autumn 2000 edition of Fly Tyer magazine, there is an article, The Woven Extended-Body Dry Fly by Dick Talleur, that explains and shows the process. Sorry, no scanner so I can't provide the pict's.
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Since most of my stonefly interaction has been of the giant black variety, I've used various craft store materials like that oval profiles fine leather rope to get a really realistic stone nypmh in large sizes for summer steelhead. I gave the last one I tied to Martin Joergensen of Denmark when he visited Seattle so I don't have an image but basically the stripped black quill legs formed by tying a knot in the stem of a feather made it look pretty creepy and the Stilly fish ate it up.
I have seen the woven technique and think I might have something in my library that talks about it.
02-17-2001, 09:49 PM
Thanks for the advice.
Greg, I looked through the stack of magazines on the coffee table & found that copy of Fly Tier. After trying them last night I can say I'm missing something fundamental because I'm getting a row of knots on the top of the body. I did do a web search & found a couple of sites that had instruction. I'll try them on another night.
Juro, the fly you describe sounds like the one I was shown how to weave last year on the west coast. Lets see gold underbody, clear swunadaze on the belly, black on top, goose biots for tails & legs, black dubbed wool thorax on a heavily weighted # 4-6 hook. It's one of the best looking flies I've ever seen. Only problem was that I was didn't tie it the next day when I got home from the trip, and the lesson was lost.
I'll keep trying and post an image when I get it figured out
02-18-2001, 12:42 PM
I haven't tried these, but in looking at the article again, step 4 says "Carefully tighten the knot around the underbody. If you pull the green slightly up, the knot will form on the side of the body." This is for the top color, green. On the bottom color, you must have to pull the yarn down. I'll bet it's a matter of getting the correct pressure and direction when tightening the knots...
I'll have to try and let you know how I make out.
02-18-2001, 04:45 PM
I just tried the woven body and it worked fine for me, just like the pictures in Fly Tyer... Keep after it and I'm sure you will get it.
I'm intrigued by the way the abdomen comes out when woven, if you have a pic I'd be anxious to see how they come out.
02-19-2001, 12:26 PM
Unfortuneately, I do not have access to a scanner and therefore can not provide an electronic picture. There are photos accompaning the article in Fly Tyer, Autumn 2000 edition. The woven body mayfly is even pictured on the cover of the magazine.
Is there any way you can get hold of this magazine?
02-21-2001, 10:54 PM
John and Juro,
I ran across this article on a weaving fly bodies, check it out it is easier than the method in the Fly Tyer article.
02-22-2001, 09:44 AM
I finally got some time to play with weaving and got it to work. The flies pictured below are my first two attempts at weaving "crippled" stonefly nymphs. After I stopped my attempts at using tools to weave it became easier. More practice is needed to feel competent at the technique and remove the "Crippled" from the name.
The next picture is the fly I saw tied by Tom ? of Mike Scotts fly shop in ? CA. The realism of the segmented body really got me interested in weaving flies.
The web site Greg mentioned was helpful. One other helpfull site was the <!--http--><a href="http://www.theflybench.com/howtotie/woven/woven.htm" target="_blank">Flybench. </a><!--url--> Thanks Greg & Juro for the help and encouragement.
Absolutely gorgeous! Nice work, can't imagine a trout passing that up.