Cat tail Kebari


(Gressak) #1

hahahaha…yup gone off the deep end.

Forgive my poor skills but thought I would share this.

So recently I harvested some Zenmai…aka…fern cotton.

I had not tied any flies with it until tonight, but also did a bit of a comparison.
My wife and I were having lunch at the local pond and some cat tails caught my eye. They were going to seed and it looked like Zenmai…accept…hahahahah…one does not need to pick tiny plants. One cat tail can supply one million flies.

cat tails in summer/fall

cat tails in spring…hahahhaha…furry!

so I grabbed a ball of it…compared to fern cotton…zenmai

left is cat tail
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tied up some flies…the flies on the left are cat tail.

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cat tail
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Zenmai is more pulpy…cat tail is more gilly.

I found the cat tail fibers easier to deal with. I still have to get my technique down with dealing with the zenmai. That was literally the first attempt at using it and it shows, I am not a trained tier…self taught so my forms are very crude and inconsistent. My techniques is pretty bad and the Zenmai was a challenge.

Interesting stuff. I bet the cat tail will work equally as well as the fern cotton. Now is the time to get some to try…its all over the place.


(Peder) #2

Hmmm, never thought of using cattails. Interesting idea. Does it float? Or how does it look and behave when wet?

Personally, I don’t like tying with zenmai. I find it to be quite a pain in the backside to use; so, I quit.


(Mike Kookagee Shelton) #3

This could be CATastrophe for zenmai fly tyers. Excellent idea, it’s purrfect.:smile_cat:


(Gressak) #4

@Peder yeah…the pics above show how they look in water then wet out of water.

It is a strange material. Sheds water but does not float…or not bouyant enough to overcome the hook. longer straighter fibers compared to the zenmai…easier to dub as it doesnt clump.

There are seeds in it. It is a seed pod like a dandelion…so the material is light and probably designed to resist weather.


(Mike Kookagee Shelton) #5

This is a great idea. I never thought about this before but it would be a great substitute for Zenmai.
Excellent thinking Gressak. Thank you for the tip.