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Monday, December 11, 2017
Life After Pearsall's
I must have been the only person in the fly tying community to have missed the announcement that Pearsall's was going to stop making their Gossamer silk. The signs were there and I should have picked up on them. I like most tyers have a few extra spools of Gossamer and I'm not in crisis. Silk is almost an absolute when it comes to tying North Country Flies, those lovely "spiders" just can't be tied with cotton or rayon thread and be the same....Silk is a must.
Well a heads up a week or so ago put me on a path to a new silk tying thread. I looked into it and came up with a good alternative. YLI Corporation markets Japanese silk thread that is remarkably similar to the Pearsall's silk. So I purchased a couple of spools and tied a few flies..here's the comparison.
Here is a side by side. The thread on the left is YLI and the other Pearsall's. One thing quite obvious is the size of the spool. The colors look very close and the texture of the silk similar.
Here is a Partridge and Orange tied with the YLI silk.
This P&O was tied using Pearsall's Gossamer silk.
Here are the two files side by side. YLI on the left. Very close...I think the YLI is a bit brighter. Will the fish pick-up on that remains to be seen. I also like the way the YLI wraps and feels. I will have more on this in later posts.