The Aero-wing material davie uses in this fly looks quite promising as an alternative to z-lon or -s-lon, but it does lack the sexy translucence the z-lon has. the structure of the fiber should rally float that fly well and I’ll be looking to pick some up to try out. The other thing to note on the fly is the use of the Resin on the legs. I’m betting that the position of the legs really helps play up the realistic look of a bug sitting on the water. I really enjoyed watching this one, I hope you do as well.
This is a really cool little bug with a segmented abdomen, accentuated with a dollop of Knot Sense. I’m sure you could use any of the similar UV resins on the market to get the same effect. The fly looks incredible wet (and hanging off the jaw of a nice little brownie), the ostrich is a great feature on the thorax. it’s a beautiful fly I’d love to tie up if I can find where I left that UV light.
Banksia Bug (formerly known as the Patchouli Pupa)
“I began tying this fly to imitate the masses of free-living caddis larva in all my home waters here in Colorado and elsewhere in trout streams all over the West. I have rarely found good commercially available flies that can fill this niche. And its a very productive flyprobably because this particular caddis larva is a notoriously poor swimmer, often getting swept away in the current, making it an easily recognizable food organism and makes up a large portion of a trouts diet.”
“I have found this pattern to work well in rivers with an abundance of small to medium-size stonefly nymphsleading me to believe my fly is suggestive enough for trout to mistake it for any number of long-bodied aquatic insects. With this in mind, I am now using this fly in lakeswith equal success! I was hoping it could double as a case maker caddis larva, but have found it works exceptionally well in lakes with a lot of active damselflies.” — Jay Zimmerman
I have used UV resins for a ton of patterns and have found that they are all good in their own way, some being better than others in terms of usability, dry time, aging and durability. I’ve been watching the videos being put out by the people at Clear Goo, and have been impressed with the flies they have been presenting. This newest fly is designed for bass, and looks pretty sick. I think the pike would love a goo at this little devil as well. the skirt is held in place with the resin, the head formed with resin and they also have a cool little trick for horns that you need to see. I’ll be watching for more from these guys, and will give the goo a try.