For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ephemera, YLI, Pearsall's
For years Pearsall's Gossamer silk has been the standard silk for tying spider and soft hackle flies. When I first started using Pearsall's I was impressed with how easy it was to use. Reports of it being a "pain" to work with were not even close. It's translucency when used with various dubbing material could not be achieved with any other thread. A happy spider tyer I was. Then I was told that Pearsall's would no longer be making their silk threads and that sent the buyers and hoarders into full swing. Within a short time Pearsall's was no longer available. Oh sure it could be found but not in the color you wanted or for a price you could afford.
Then I found YLI silk. Wow was this thread nice. It's uniform color and feel were very nice. I could not find any issues with it with exception of the large spool it came on. Well I found recently YLI was a bit difficult to find especially in the color orange that I use. I don't know why the shortage, but I have a few thoughts on it and I won't get into that now. Just in time I found on line a silk thread named "Ephemera"...thank you.
Ephemera a first class thread for fly tying. My first impression of it was the smoothness of the silk. This stuff flows onto the hook like butter. It has a very deep color and it is quite strong.
I can't give you a description on how it work in the water, meaning if it holds it's color, how much it darkens and so on. I plan on giving it a work out on the stream soon. Here are two spiders one tied with Ephemera the other with YIL...you can see a difference.
A spider tied with sparse dubbing...the Little Winter Brown... So far so good.