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Ken Billotte a Mutton Hollow Outfitter fly tier came up with a new way to use Larva Lace. He submitted it to the Larva Lace company for there fly tying contest.
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Improvements to the steps in tying my Larva Lace Extended Body BWO and other patterns using Larva Lace and microfibbetts:
1. Use hot water instead of the torch while forming the segmentation with needle nose pliers. Better heat control. Microwave water for 2.5 to 3 minutes for water temp that will set the Larva Lace. If the body sticks closed( too hot,too long) after molding, just strip the body between your finger nails and it will open up the hollow body in most cases.
2. 8" needle nose pliers gives a more realistic segmentation especially for sizes #12 to #16.
3. Bend the microfibbetts at 90 degrees at the correct tail length before putting them in the body. Use finger nails or flat pliers, etc. This will make spraying the tails easier and eliminate using glue.
HOOK: #16-18 Lightweight Scud Hook or Short Dry Fly Hook
THREAD: Olive 8/0 or #50 GSP
TAIL: Dark Dun Microfibbets
ABDOMEN: Olive Larva Lace Body Material ( Extended Body )
WINGS: Dun Hen Hackle Tips
THORAX: BWO Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
LEGS: Dun #16 Dry Fly Hackle
Step 1. Make extended body by pinching about ½” of the
Olive Larva Lace Body Material in pliers with serrated jaws
and heating the jaws with a candle torch. This gives
the body a segmented look. Don’t over-heat. Insure
the body remains hollow.
Step 2. Cut the body from the Larva Lace Body Material and
cut the tip of the narrower end to a point. Insert two
dun microfibbets butt-first into the extended body.
Push/Pull the microfibets through the body until
the correct tail length is left (about body length or
slightly longer). The tails can be splayed now by
adding a drop of glue and holding the tails apart, or,
you can wait until the body is mounted on the hook
Step 3.Insert a light-weight scud hook into the vice and wind
The olive thread on the front 1/3 of the hook. Mount
The body with the tails inserted on the hook. A drop
of glue will help keep the body from rotating and make
a solid mount
Step 4. Mount wings. Use hen hackle tips(or any suitable
winging material). Tie tips on, divide and set the proper wing
angle. Tie in the dry fly hackle on your side of the hook and
the shinny side down.
|Step 5. Dub thorax using BWO Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing.|
Step 6. Wind the dry fly hackle forward with two turns behind
the wings then cross over in front of the wings and then
back behind the wings one turn and then back in front
with two or three turns( A.K.Best style). Tie off with
a whip finish and add a drop of head cement. Done. A
great looking extended body Larva Lace BWO.
(Note: This fly can be tied parachute style for a great low-
riding fly and can easily be tied with other color patterns
to match other species of different sizes by using
different body diameters and colors). Larva Lace is
fun and easy to work with.
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