Published Apr 9. 2017 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Apr 9. 2017

Russian Wasp

Russian fly tyer Dmitri Tseliaritski from St. Peterburg ties som mean looking imitations. Here's an example of his foam wasps

The finished Russian Wasp
The finished Russian Wasp
Dmitri Tseliaritski

I have been connected with Dmitri on Facebook for some time, and have been thoroughly impressed by his skills as a fly tyer. He generously posts long and detailed step-by-step photo series and also posts fly tying videos on YouTube.

I wanted to expose Dmitri's tying to more people and approached him about publishing some patterns here on the Global FlyFisher and he agreed. Most of Dmitri's posts and his videos are in Russian, and even though fly fishing and fly tying is an international language, having an English text and list of materials will probably help the many of us who aren't fluid in Russian. There's also a video in the bottom of the article showing the tying with Dmitri's comments in Russian.

...an impressing imitation of a wasp


The wasp
It floats
The wasp
Dmitri Tseliaritski

The foam wasp

The post from Dmitri that spawned this article was a Facebook post which he simply called Wasp SBS. The first picture showed an impressing imitation of a wasp, but in spite of being very lifelike, it looked fairly simple. Dmitri had added about 30 step-by-step photos showing the tying sequence, and these are the photos, which you also see below in the tying instructions.
I have also added a materials list, which Dmitri has approved. The glue is obviously Russian, and not easy to get for us westerners, but contact cement or thin neoprene glue should to the trick. Use it sparingly. A little goes a long way. The legs are broom bristles, a material that has been mentioned before here, many years ago in this ant article.

Legs and antennae gallore
Legs and antennae galore
Dmitri Tseliaritski
A cnadle and tweezers
Bending the legs
An example
Bending the legs
Dmitri Tseliaritski
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