For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
True Color And Secret Stuff
Colors are not always what they appear especially when wet. I find this to be especially true when using silk threads in the bodies of flies. Silk has a much richer color and is better suited for bodies then cotton or rayon threads. This spool of YLI orange silk looks very bright when dry, but you will see a much different shade when shown wet. The fly that was tied using silk and a pheasant feather turned out to be quite a fish taker for me over the last several weeks. Oh by the way there is one other material used in the fly and that is "secret stuff"....remember Jack Gartside's famous material?
The "secret stuff"...a coppery rusty spikey blend that is used for the thorax of the fly. I feel this material plays a big part in the flies success.
The fly when dry...sometimes I dub on the heavy loose side and I will also dub it tightly...the loose dub work better.
The fly when wet. You can see the color is more subdued, almost brown. The loose dubbing also moves in the current which adds to the flies effectiveness.
Proof in the pudding. This fine male brook trout was taken yesterday in a stream in eastern Connecticut.