Andrés Touceda, its beginnings in the bundle realistic.

My name is Andrés Touceda. I was born in La Coruña in 1960, but I’m leaving in Vigo, Spain.

I began fishing in the sea with my grandfather. I was 5 or 6 years old when my grandfather took me to La Coruña Port to fish for the first time. Since then, I have never stoped fishing. I started fly-fishing twenty years ago. After seeing some videos and reading some books about fly-fishing, I decided to experiment with it. Fishing in the river was very poor because I hadn’t had much luck. I remember my first season without fishing a thing. My interest in tying started at the same time as my interest in fly fishing. Since the very first time, my intentions were to learn how to tie a fly and how to cast. I joined a Fishing Society were I learnt the first steps. After some time, I got many books about casting and tying. I admired the way in which other fishermen used to tie their imitations; I spent a lot of time observing and studying their tie techniques so as to tie my own flies. The more I studied them, the more I got involved with  it.

I translated the book “Fly Fishing Strategy” written by Dough Swisher and Carl Richards; I did so, so as to share their techniques with a group of people we had made recently, called “Galician Society of Conservationists Fishermen”. Then I met Alejandro Viñúales, who I have arranged many casting courses with. With Swisher  and Richards’ book, and later with the sessions of casting I did with Alejandro, our concept of the technique got updated.
Since the first time a fly was imitated so as to fish with it, the hopes were exactly to make a real copy of it. Dave Whitlock mentions the top five elements when doing an imitation: size, action, texture, shape and colour. Of course my first flies followed a suggestive and impressionists patterns and some of them an abstract pattern. But, when I discovered the realistic fly tying, I just wanted to try it.

I began to tie realistic flies in 2006 during the summer. I found a webpage called “Realistic Fly Tyer” which impressed me a lot; it showed very awesome realistic flies and the way to tie them. Some of the best Fly Tiers of the World uploaded their jobs in that webpage, showing their techniques for flytying step by step. Since that moment, I did all my best to study those Masters of Fly Tying and finding my own techniques of  realistic flies. When tying realistic flies, you can use a lot of different materials very different from the traditional ones and this produce an exiting sensation of freedom. I love using new materials taken from home, my job or just from the environment. Only the imagination limits you. There is an only rule “all have to be tie to a hook”.     In many cases, people ask me how much time tying a fly takes me. It’s a logic question when you observe a realistic fly. It takes me a lot of time, and it’s not just the time of production of the fly but also the time I have to study the real insect and the time of drawing sketches and developing the final project. The Deroplatys Lobata took me about 300 hours.

When fly tying, despite the top five elements given by Whitlock, I added a sixth element “touch”. Hard materials rejects fish, but rubber and soft materials do not; and they give a more realistic view to the fly.

Actually I’m tying all kinds of flies: the ones for collectors, the ones for museums and the ones for fishing.

I particularly like all the flies I have tied, but there are three which were really difficult to tie and may be this is the reason for why I appreciate them much more than the others. I gave my three daughters the octopus “Sofía”, “Maria” the Empusa Pennata and “Alex” the Idolmantis Diabólica as gifts. While making the octopus I knew very well what kind of material I was going to use, although it was difficult. As regards the other flies, they were also very complicated but it was a big challenge for me.

Useful advices for the bundle of realistic flyes.

First of all, it is necessary to investigate, their movements and their development. Insects have an incredible physiognomy and an amazing delicacy. It is important to study the characteristics of insects in detail; it is to say that the entomology gets vital importance.     An insect’s body is divided into three segments: head, thorax and abdomen. This division is shown in almost all the body. For example, insects have three pars of legs and in each one there are also three parts:  femur, tibia y tarsus.

It is very important to get the exact proportions. This will improve as you practice, because it is a real challenge to imitate such tiny bodies.

The realism that you must give to the flies is essential. Every single detail is very significant to achieve the realism you want since the form you want for the insect till its final color.

If you do not use this flies for fishing, they will be rigid and the movement of the body with the fishing hook, the legs and other factors will be fundamental.

In addition to all this, I think that the choice of materials will be combined as regards your needs. There is a great variation of materials which you can use, even things you had never thought about. I personally try to use different materials, in most of the cases they are no conventional so I have to experiment first, I have to do, undo and do it again; it takes time and patience but it worth it.

Enjoy it!!

Sergio Cordoba


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