Fly Fishing With Mark Van Patten
This experience has led the Tibbets resident to host his own TV show on how to tie flies. Van Patten ties flies of all shapes sizes and species. Everything from a frog to a field mouse.
"We're going to tie a black widow," Van Patten says. "First thing, I am going to do is tie in a multi-strand yarn that I got at a hobby shop. I haven't tied a knot in it yet. In fact I will tie the entire fly without knots until i need to cut my thread off. I use the weight on the bob and the tension to hold everything in place. I'm building the abdominal section of the black widow.
If you're like me, you don't like to look closely at any spider. You'll notice that the abdominal section is quite a bit larger than the thorax. If I were to release the tension on the thread all that would get away from me. I'm going to take this rubber legging material called span flex tie it in. I've got the first set of legs in, the abdominal section done and my bead in place.
But I need my thread on the other side of the bead, so I'm going to go now and put in some knots because I have to move my thread. Now we got our bead in place and we're going to put on our front legs. Spiders have eight legs, my may have eight or ten. The blue gills can't count very well so they never really notice. Once I get them in I'm going to raise all the legs and trim them all off to the same size. Now we need to put the front end of the body on and we got a fly. Pull your legs back out of the way, make a few wraps. Put on our whip finish, this'll finish it off. That's it, a black widow."
Then its to the fishing hole to reel in a big one.
"Don't go under there," Van Patten says.
The tying bench airs Sunday at 6:00 PM on PBS.
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