Monday, January 07, 2008

Tying Terrestrials....


Tying with foam is quick, easy and produces nice flies in almost any size range. The above selection was thrown together in just a few minutes, and will certainly come in useful in difficult mid-summer conditions this coming year.
They are black foam ants in size 16 and tiny foam beetles in size 20. I look forward to trying them out when the trout are preoccupied with 'small black stuff', beneath the overhanging branches of bankside trees....

8 comments:

windknotter said...

They look good. You've motivated me to go tie some of those now!

Cheers
Andrew

Matthew Eastham said...

Thanks Andrew - they're dead easy and float like corks - just a bit of 2mm black foam and some peacock herl (or grizzle hackle for the ants).
Hopefully they'll catch, but I'll have to wait and see.....

Jack Salmon said...

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Tight lines!

Matthew Eastham said...

Cheers Jack!
Have signed up - looks a good site....

Matt

Nick Carter said...

Hi Matt,

Just purchased a block of black foam this weekend - is there a pattern you use for your Ants & Beetles?

Cheers
Nick

Matthew Eastham said...

Nick,
They are dead easy! I tie them on Partridge SLD's, although the foam I use is thin sheet - 2mm - it seems to suit sizes 16-20 well enough.
The beetles are just the foam with an underbody of peacock herl.
The ants are to an Oliver Edwards pattern, with only two ingredients - the foam and a small black or grizzle hackle in the middle: just lash the foam down from halfway along the shank to the bend; pull it back over to form the body and tie off, lashing the rest of the foam down right to the eye; tie in the hackle, pull the foam tag end back to form the head and whip finish just in front of the hackle.

Probably a lot easier than I've just made it sound!!

Matt

Nick Carter said...

Cheers Matt, I've just lashed one together - superb instructions.

I can usually find instructions for most flies somewhere on the web but, this one eluded me.

I'll be bagging on these come flying ant day!

Thanks again
Nick

Matthew Eastham said...

Nick,

Glad it made some sort of sense! They're the sort of flies that sit unused in the box for months. But come flying ant day, we'll be glad they're there!!

M