Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ziploc Bag Flies

I had been trying to find a decent helgrammite/caterpillar/terrestrial pattern. The back of the bug needed something to give it definition. I looked into scud back but too me it was too pricey.  In Fishy Fullum's book he talks about using a Ziploc bag to make scud backs. You cut the bag into strips using a razor blade. I decided to give it a try. This is a good time to showcase Singlebarbed dubbing. This stuff is great and has amazing colors. Here are my first attempts.
This is was tied using the brown dubbing.
This Claret color is pretty cool. I took a shot of the underside so you can get a good look at the dubbing. Click on the pic to see a larger view.
This next one is Olive.
With some tweaking I think these flies will do the trick. I like the look of them. They really have a caterpillar look. Check them out on the fence.
KB at Singlebarbed has a real passion for making a great product. The dubbing is amazing and I highly recommend it.


  1. Sure look like great, buggy patterns too me! Why not use Zip Loc bags for something other than to carry our PB&J's to streamside! Good looking dubbing also.

  2. Mel, the dubbing is great. You can tell from the first touch that is is great quality. It's softer than what you usually get but some how more durable. A little goes a long way.

  3. Nice. That has carp written all over it.

  4. Now here's a tip I can use. I agree, the price of some materials is over the top so why not use something readily available. Nice ties.