I really want to try my hand at tying authentic Banshu Ayu flies but the resin type and gold flake process is a mystery to me. Does anyone know what kind of resin is used and gold flake? Thank you in advance!
@tvdavisid Tom, I’ve been thinking the same thing. David Walker would know the answer or he would be able to find out the info. in a very short time. He was an amazing man that had so much information to share with us. I really wish he was alive.
Anyway. Here is a snapshot I took of what I think are Banshu flies. When we asked details of these flies, they were flies of the wealthy who would fish. The gold is largely a status thing and the bead itself really has no weight, so although it looks like a bead head, it is not weighed, the gold ornamentation is just ornamentation and status. Or at least that is how I remember the explanation.
Have to thank Bansho Sideplan on Instagram for the hookup on this link. It’s exhaustive in detail about the construction of the rudimentary simple vise and the tying of these ornate flies. Cheers everyone.