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    Just want to know if I am on the right track.

    I forgot to rib the caddis
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    I like the nymph, just dont cut the tail. Rather tie in the ends of whatever material you use
    They've got us surrounded - the poor bastards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesch View Post
    Just want to know if I am on the right track.

    I forgot to rib the caddis
    Mike, nymph looks good for a first time tie.
    My crit would be on the nymph: Longer tails ( personal preference )
    Increase the length of the abdomen by another 2 or 3 turns, thereby shortening the length of the thorax.
    Try and build an even taper from tail to thorsx on the abdomen.

    The nymph will catch flsh ,

    Once you have ribbed the caddis, trim off the excess fibres on the top and sides, leaving some of the fibres protruding at the botom.

    Fot a first attempt, I am very impressed. Well done young man.

    There is only one problem, which I feel I have to warn you about. Now that you have started tying your own flies, you will find that the materials sections of any fly providing shop, and the hook sections of any bait shop, and the local habberdashery become your favourite haunts.
    Habberdasheries are GOOD, there are always these "arty" ladies in there who are only to willing to help a "lost" man.
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    Too late I think I am hooked.

    Is it close enough to be called a mustard caddis?

    Should I trim some more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesch View Post
    Too late I think I am hooked.

    Is it close enough to be called a mustard caddis?

    Should I trim some more?
    Put the fly in a glass of water, and then look from all angles at the profile.
    If it resembles the profile / silhouette of a caddis the it's perfect.

    Again well tied.
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    Hi
    My personal opinion is that the body is too thick.
    When starting tying, with dubbing use the following guide.
    Take what you need, half that and half it again. That is what you need.
    Tie the same flie using that principle and see what happens.
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    Thanks for the input, Korrie

    Will do, still trying to get the feeling for dubbing. How much and how tight to wind it on to the thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesch View Post
    Thanks for the input, Korrie

    Will do, still trying to get the feeling for dubbing. How much and how tight to wind it on to the thread.
    To continue on what Korrie said, in dubbing more often than not, less is more, but for first time tier it looks good, bar the fat caddis, but that will come right in time, I really like the nymph, it has appeal. Must echo the comment on the tail, always try to use the tips of whatever material you use for the tail, rather than cutting it off blunt. If you want to better your tyaing you must look at the naturals, look for pics of mayfly nymphs or gather on the water, sam goes for caddis.
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    I put two wraps (layers) of lead wire on the caddis, is that too much adding to the bulkyness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesch View Post
    I put two wraps (layers) of lead wire on the caddis, is that too much adding to the bulkyness?
    A fine line between enough and too much, if there is too much, you end up with a fat fly with lots of water resistance, which in turn negates the desired effect of getting down fast, if you go to little you get a slim fly but it might not get down fast enough in fast water.

    Try a smaller diameter lead, flat lead or such. When I first looked at your caddis I thought at least two layers of lead in there, but again in time you will find the perfect balance.
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