Realistic Fly Tying


I enjoy creating and tying realistic flies, most of which are not intended for fishing with, instead, simply enjoying the challenge of imitating insects and striving to make them look as alive as possible.

Realistic Hexaginia Mayflies Realistic red-eared turtle realistic housefly's

Hexagenia Mayflies

Baby Red-eared Turtle


realistic Cased Caddis fly realistic midge realistic stonefly

Cased Caddis Larva


Fat Juicy Stonefly

realistic Camel Spider Artistic fly tying - Seahorse Free style salmon fly

Camel Spider


Feather Wing Salmon Fly



realistic hex mayfly on my bamboo fly rod

Mayflies, real and realistic



Realistic Fly Tying - Creating an Emerging Dragonfly

Framed artistic realistic emerging dragonfly

My goal was to create an adult dragonfly emerging from a semi-transparent nymph


starting the fly, thread and mono

The first step is creating a frame for the dragonfly nymph, using 35 lb mono fishing line


tying a mono frame onto a hook


tying dragonfly nymph abdomen with acrylic

Tinted acrylic varnish was poured onto a mirror, allowed to dry, a strip was cut with a razor, and wrapped around to cover the frame


tying on legs

Legs are 20 lb mono covered with thread, while 8/0 thread was tied onto the tips to create claws


top view dragonfly nymph

eyes are melted mono fishing line



Tying the Adult Dragonfly

Fine stiff brass wire

Fine stiff wire is wrapped and covered with thread


artistic blue and black dragonfly abdomen

fly tying foam tied onto the wire, segmented and coloring applied


scribing the viens takes about 40 minutes

painting wings


realistic eyes made from dried acrylic varnsih

Eyes are green tinted dried varnish, tied and wrapped into fine organza mesh


menacing scary looking adult dragonfly

coming to life


completed emerging dragonfly

The nymph case was cut to allow for placing the adult abdomen inside


another picture of a realistic artistic emerging dragonfly

I wanted the fly to look like it was crying out while experiencing the pain of birth


another picture of a realistic artistic emerging dragonfly

Framed and ready to send to a friend, Chris Carlin in Alaska,

one of the worlds finest bamboo fly rod makers


close up view of the framed flies.

I had fun creating this...



Few More Realistic Flies

Orange October Caddis fly replica published in the Atlas of Creation

Orange Caddis Fly - Published as a real insect, in the Atlas of Creation

Step By Step Tutorial - Making this Caddisfly


Realistic Houseflies created and tyed to be used as props in a movie production

Realistic Flies


realistic dragonfly with prey

Dragonfly with Prey


collection of realistic flies, houseflies, mayflies and dragonfly

Ready for Action


realistic yellow and brown dragonfly

Realistic Dragonfly


Realistic Hexagenia Mayfly

Life size Hex Mayfly


macro photography of an orange dragonfly

Real Dragonfly wants to eat my realistic fly


living dragonfly interacting with a realistic replica

Real dragonfly wants to mate with my realistic dragonfly - More Photos


tying a realistic dragonfly

Tying a dragonfly abdomen


realistic fly tying dragonfly body

coming to life


dragonfly art - realistic dragonfly with prey

predator and prey


Another realistic scorpion, hunting a realistic bee

Realistic Scorpion replica hunting a fake bee


amazingly super realistic golden stonefly nymph

Golden Stonefly nymph


realistic adult golden stoneflies

Foam body Golden Stonefly adults, effective fishing flies


Realistic Emerald Angel Dragonfly created for my friend Bud Guidry

Realistic Dragonfly Replica


Realistic Grasshopper for fly fishing and natural history museum

Realistic Grasshopper


realistic fly tying Hexagenia Mayfly

One of my first realistic Mayflies


Blue and yellow realistic dragonfly replica

Colorful realistic dragonfly


Dragonfly Nymph, one of my first attempts at realistic fly tying


Realistic Hellgrammite fishing fly



Pair of dragonfly replicas about to share a fake wasp for lunch

Dragonflies sharing a wasp lunch


Realistic fake red salamander replica

Realistic Red Salamander


Realistic Green Garden Spider

Green Garden spider


Pair of realistic tadpoles



donation to Sierra Pacif Fly Fishermen

I donated two realistic Hex Mayflies and photos to the 'Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers" club
Frames sold for $375 each, helping make the annual fund raiser a success


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