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.
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