For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, November 25, 2019
Silk thread is widely used in the construction of soft-hackles, spiders and flymphs. It has it's qualities and that can be really seen in flies that use the silk as the only body material. Flies that have fully dubbed bodies a normal cotton or synthetic thread is fine. Silk thread can be waxed which gives it a different look, I think it has a much richer tone to it. You can see what YLI silk in orange looks like coming off the spool, quite bright. The old masters of the North Country Fly used wax on most of their patterns and for good reason I'm certain, and no one can deny the effectiveness of these classic flies.
There are many waxes on the market. This is one that I like. It's easy to work with, not drying out if I leave the cap off overnight.
I strip off about 18" of thread from the spool. I then run it through the wax. From eye to the back at the point of the hook, and back to the eye. I also like to wind back a few turns to create a slight taper.
Some dubbing is applied. The color of the dubbing is entirely up to you.
The waxed silk Orange-Partridge.
Sausage and peppers. Last nights supper, and this mornings breakfast.