MY WASP FLY. (LAST FLY OF THE YEAR)

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  1. james.jimenez

    james.jimenez Active Member

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    This is my first attempt at a wasp fly. Saw something similar online so I wanted to try one.. I like it. I hope fish do as well.. What do you all think? There is just a few more hours left of this year.. I am in Korea.. So this is my last tie of 2013.. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!! image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Wasp Fly+Trout= Happy Trout
     
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    do they float?
     
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    I just got done testing the fly in a glass of water... initially it was a success but after the seventh drop it sank... Back to the drawing board... Here are the pics photo 1.JPG photo 2.JPG photo 3.JPG photo 4.JPG photo 5.JPG photo.JPG
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Get some white gorilla glue, put a dab on a piece of paper, then moisten a toothpick and mix it into the glue, this will cause it to foam. Apply the foam to the hook and as it cures over the course of a few minutes you can shape it . Try not to compress it too much or it won't float, but this will work for all sorts of terrestrials in different colors with a little sharpie work.
    Hope this helps
     
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    This reminds me of Stephen King's "IT".

    THEY ALL FLOAT DOWN HERE!!!
     
  8. james.jimenez

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    I will redeem myself!!!!!!!
     
  9. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    If you want it to float, add A LOT more hackle.... or, better yet, use foam for the body.
     
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    gene nailed it with the foam. that could be an awesome pattern (already is) with some foam wrapped under the body. not only would it float but youd be able to use it to build up a good tapered body and make it look like an actually fat yellow jacket body. your looks great but is kinda skinny for a wasp.
     
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    That is pretty brilliant :)
    I remember and article showcasing Lee Wulff tied flies and he used some form of hardening foam on many of his bodies. I bet he would have been stoked to have some Gorilla glue in his arsenal!
    Thanks for the tip Pat!
     
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    Not that it was necessarily your intention, but I think you'd be amazed at how well drowned insects (hoppers, ants, bees) attract fish. You may still want to hang on to those.

    I tied a similar fly (stolen off some internet site) with deer hair rather than hackle and foam for the back. It floated but was pretty low in the film. I tied it as a fun specialty fly, but if I were to really fish it a lot I think I'd convert to a parachute style and visible post or use Pat's gorilla glue trick on the back portion. Happy New Year and nice looking tie.

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    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Just tied this baby. I call it Swart's Fat Butt Wasp.
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    I'll use it for small mountain streams.
     
  14. Michael v.d.Bogert

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    Hello James,

    look at the video maybe this helps to solve the problem..


    Have fun!
     
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    Take two was also a fail... Seems I do have the dead wasp/bumble bee pattern down though!!!!
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    How about thin strip of foam wrapped from the bend forward. Could give you good segmentation as well as floatation.
     
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