An extremely lifelike foam wasp from Bulgaria - Shark's Wasp - Bulgarian fly tyer and fly angler Radoslav Kiskinov takes another stab at imitating a terrestrial insect - this time the wasp - and with usual skill he manages to produce a very life-like fly. Bulgarian anglers and Bulgarian fish love it. - Global FlyFisher

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Shark's Wasp


Published Mar 26th 2009

Bulgarian fly tyer and fly angler Radoslav Kiskinov takes another stab at imitating a terrestrial insect - this time the wasp - and with usual skill he manages to produce a very life-like fly. Bulgarian anglers and Bulgarian fish love it.

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The wasp is a great chub fly

This is a fly that I tied for first time in 2004 and caught many chubs in the Struma river, my home river. The design of the fly is my idea.

It is very efficient pattern and many flyfishermen here in Bulgaria like to fish with it. The chubs here love it. It's fished as a dry fly, and as is always the case with terrestrials fishing on windy days close to the bank or under bushes and trees might do the trick. Land insects blow onto the water all the time, and some fish are keyed in on these "casualties".

I hope your local fish like the Shark's Wasp too.

Tight Lines!

The foam wasp

The Shark's Wasp
TypeDry fly
Originator
Radoslav Kiskinov
Year of origin
2004
Difficulty
Medium
Target species
Brook trout
Brown trout
Chub
Grayling
Panfish

Materials
HookMustad 94840 #12
ThreadBlack 8/0
Abdomen (rear body)Yellow Foam and black permanent pen
Thorax (front body)Black foam
WingsBrown cock feather tips
HackleBrown cock

Tying instructions
See the images below




For a more impressionistic wasp pattern, you can look at Kasper Muhlbach's Foam Wasp.


User comments
From: Radoslav Kiskinov · rado·at·akulata.com  Link
Submitted April 10th 2013

Hi guys

In this link you can find a short video of the Wasp. I hope you enjoy it:

Best regards!

Rado


GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted June 28th 2010

Braidedbutt,

Unless you have some pretty stiff feathers or use some with thick stems (large feathers), I think you will find it difficult to get the stems of the wings through the foam without needle.

Martin


From: Braidedbutt · jsmcbain·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted June 28th 2010

Pardon my ignorance but can someone explain the significance in the nedle in the application of the wings to the fly.My education must be incomplete!


From: Vasile · vasile_iuhos·at·yahoo.com  Link
Submitted March 29th 2010

excellent pattern! I was dreaming only of doing something similar, but did'nt knew were to start. it is a great lesson for me. as soon as I can I will start tying the wasp. wonderful job!


From: Jeff · jltomlinson·at·cableone.net  Link
Submitted February 11th 2010

Great fly pattern, realistic and easy to tie. I recently tied several of these for a fly tying event. I displayed them on an old wasp nest attached to a small branch. They were a big hit! I directed everyone to your tying instruction on GFF. Thanks again I’ve really enjoyed this fly.


From: Johny U. · stoaks_320·at·yahoo.com  Link
Submitted September 2nd 2009

Wow great fly!!!!!, Great tie!!!!!! What size foam is that you use? Foam went and got complicated ha ha. Over here in the states, we call chubs fall fish. A lot of people don't enjoy catching them. I think there all a loon. These fish run just as hard as any Salmonidae.


GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted August 12th 2009

Derek,

A chub is a freshwater fish found in Europe. It's known as Cyprinus cephalus or Leuciscus cephalus in Latin and is a popular quarry in many countries - especially in Eastern Europe. It's found in many streams, grows big (up to almost 2 feet!) and takes flies readily.

You can read more here on GFF as well as on FishBase.org

Martin


From: derek · dlaine77·at·yahoo.com  Link
Submitted August 11th 2009

Whats a Chub?


From: Tyler · Elk_hunter009·at·yahoo.com  Link
Submitted June 13th 2009

hi,
I am looking to by a few of these flies because it is far to hard for me to tie. I am 15 yrs old and not skilled enough (YET) to tie this. please e-mail me at elk_hunter009@yahoo.com if you could help.

Thanks, Tyler


From: Axel · axelvoges·at·aol.com  Link
Submitted March 30th 2009

Hello
Nice pattern, but the interessting thing is using the needle to tie in the wings.
Sometimes life can be so easy.
TL
Axel


From: Plamen · pbalinov·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted March 27th 2009

Hi Tom, they are not afraid at all :) These are the best flies for chubs.


From: domel · tomasz.dyduch·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted March 27th 2009

Hello.
In similar way I make imitation of big ants. I have always wanted to make wasp imitation but I was affraid that chubs would be affraid of taking wasps from surface of water because of possibility of stingig. But now I can see that my fears were groundless.
br
tom


Comment to an image
From: Ripley · mail·at·mongolia2010.com  Link
Submitted March 27th 2009

Fetch and Release...
I thought as much.


Comment to an image
From: Korrie Broos · korrie·at·caneworld.co.za  Link
Submitted March 27th 2009

No, the fly fell off the fly patch and the fish was so kind to pick it up and bring it back to the fly fisher. ;) (joke)


Comment to an image
From: Ripley · mail·at·mongolia2010.com  Link
Submitted March 26th 2009

Is the fly attached to a tippet?
R



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