How to tie in the correct way a Caddis Catgut Pupa – is a movie about using and tying flies with catgut. For example for pupae is a special way of tying bodies, for standard nymphs a different way and for stone flies also a different way of tying.
If you are looking how exactly looks a caddis pupa you will notice that the abdomen don’t have a carrot shape. It looks more like an aubergine or eggplant. So what you have to do is to make an under body unsing body thread in that shape. When is ready just add a catgut biothread and form the final body.
A small trick to tie the fly more easy: keep the catgut in warm water for a few min ( from 3 to 5min or even more ) until the material gets translucent and soft. Take it out from the water only you intend to use. It will be much easy to work like that.
I also work with dry catgut because it easy for me to work like that after tying hundreds of them but at the beginning is easy to use it wet.
Another movie where Davie McPhail is tying a catgut nymph using troutline catgut biothread :