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Saturday, November 25, 2017
Pearsall's Silk And..........
Good morning friends.. I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now that we are working on cleaning up the leftovers, my favorite is turkey soup and I'm sure you all have a special dish that's created from the leftovers.
I don't know how many of you tie with Pearsall's silk threads. Well I do and I have had a problem with them for some time. Their spools come unmarked, meaning the color is not labeled. This presents an issue when the fly pattern requires a certain color and I'm fumbling through my assortment of colors. Black, white, and red are colors that are pretty much easy to distinguish, it's the primrose, chestnut and others that are not so easy to distinguish.
Pearsall's has a number system for their colors which makes it easy to identify the color, now if only they would print that on the label my life would be easier. A reader of this blog was kind enough to send me a color chart, and it gives both the number and color of the silk. Now I finally know the color of thread that I've had for some time...it's salmonberry. I guess in the scope of things that are in our lives the color of silk does not make a big wave.."oh yeah"....
Here's a beautiful "North Country Spider"...It's called a Dark Spanish Needle. Tied on a size 14 hook, body of orange Pearsall's silk. a snipe breast feather, and peacock herl for the head.
I've been tinkering around with midges. The season is now at hand when these little bugs are a mainstay for winter trout. This simple fly is tied on a size 20 hook, black thread for the body, died natural mole and fox squirrel for the thorax.