Latex Bodies

Latex has only relatively recently come into favor as a popular flytying material, but its use is growing rapidly. Cut into strips and wound onto the shank, latex can imitate the segmented bodies of nymphs and some flies better than any other material yet available. It can be bought in sheets, in a restricted range of colors. If you cannot obtain it, natural-color balloons, cut into strips with sharp scissors, are a good substitute.

Latex is mostly used for tying the larger nymphs and caddis flies. It provides such lifelike results, however, that I feel there is plenty of scope for experimenting with its use for small flies too. The following photographs show how to tie a very simple latex body.

  • Tie in the latex in the same way as for flat tinsel (see "Tinsels and Wires" earlier in this chapter).
  • Take the tying thread in close turns to the hackle position, tying in the surplus latex underneath the hook shank. (S)
  • Wind on the latex, under slight tension, to the hackle position.
  • Each turn should cover half the preceding one, giving the body a very lifelike segmented appearance.

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  • Jennifer
    How to tie a latex caddis?
    9 years ago

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