Liquid Lace - Stretch tubing (chironomids and ribbing)
Liquid Lace is a specially designed product for tying natural looking bodies and also for ribbing the bodies on flies. The translucent qualities of this material allow you to tie a body of any color you desire. You can even combine the color of the under-body with the color of the Liquid Lace. There are 15 colors in four sizes of lace to choose from.
Liquid lace is a hollow material.
To make it look even closer to a real insect body, after purchasing Liquid Lace, take it to a pharmacy and ask for a 27g 1/2" long needle (29g for micro lace), 3 ml syringe and also purchase some baby or mineral oil. Fill the syringe with oil (baby oil works fine), insert the needle in one end of the lace and inject the oil until it comes out the other end. Tie or clamp one end off and now you are ready to start tying.
Start tying your fly as you have in the past with the tail, if any, tied in first. Run your thread back to where your thorax will begin, then tie in your lace with four wraps of thread to lock in the oil. Sparsely tie the lace back to the tail along the hook stretching the lace. Again tie your lace in with four wraps. With the use of Pantone pens, or any desired color or materials such as crystal flash, you can dress the under-body. When you start applying the lace stretching it releasing tension as you wrap towards the thorax to give you a nice tapered body. Tie off your lace with four or five wraps and continue finishing your fly in the normal manner.
Recommended Pro Markers, Tria Markers and Sharpie Markers. Use reds, olive green, black, brown, greys, oranges and yellows.
Note: When using this product you must use water based fly head cement.