For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Many materials used in the craft of tying flies have an iridescence to them that will attract fish to the flies tied with these materials. Above are a few natural materials that hold a special iridescence that I like to call "spice". Each of the materials, which are a pheasant tail, peacock herl, and starling contain some very fine examples of fine and detailed iridescence.
While the flash of a man made material such as tinsel, crystal flash and others contain many attributes and do indeed help catch fish, I believe that flies that incorporate the three natural materials above do a far better job. I have never observed a trout from underwater and the way he views his world. But a fly that can reflect various light conditions in a subtle and moving way will more likely bring a strike.
Below are examples of soft hackle flies using all of the materials above. If you look closely you can see each ones special "spice"..."iridescence" that will garner attention.
The facets of light being caught in tails and body. The material is pheasant tail. The same delicate light can be seen in the peacock herl thorax, as well in the beautiful feathers of a starling soft hackle collar. While the use of these natural materials will make a "best fly" they will indeed aid you in the ability to catch more fish.