Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Shimmer Glenille

Or something like that anyway. Roughfisher sent me four cards of it. It's better than polar chenille that you find in fly shops: better colors, more-densely-packed and shorter fibers, and "flat" configuration. The following are a few carp flies for which an application of this material was implemented. Thanks man, for sharing some cool material.

First was just a basic crawfish pattern - only a slight taper to thorax.

Next went with various shades of green and added a hackle. Made an effort here to make the thorax more robust.

As I was tying that one, I noted that the fly without the hackle and wing case looked pretty good... so I kicked one out minus those components. Here's a quick pic of the "garbage application" step that I use often: reach into the big vat of scraps and pull out anything that can add bulk to the body of the fly... Crappy chenille, dumpy dubbing, etc. This step allows you to build a fatter body without wasting all your good material in a location that will go unseen by fish.

One more - kind of an elongated carp wooley - just non-lead wrap and chenille under a hackle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those turned out great.

2:03 PM  
Blogger John Montana said...

Those look good. Have you thought of going orange/brown/burnt coloration for your carp/warmwater flies? Over the last few years I've gotten away from the green coloration and started going more toward the orange end of the spectrum. I want to whip up a batch of carrots in Black too...mainly to see if the visibility of the fly is better (and of course if the fish will eat it).

I'll tell you this...I'm DYING to chase some carp. I won't be able to wait much longer. I'll have to give it a run despite the cold water.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Good tip. Take your Montana Carrot for example: would you replace the rusty dubbing with some burnt orange glimmer chenille, or do you think that would make it too flashy?

I've got what I need to do that here - I'll give it a go and post something.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the "garbage application" super idea to bulk up the bodies. My favorite carp color for this type of fly (e.g. loosely based on a wooley) has been a coffee brown. Whenever the Zum thaws I long for those carp!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

"Waste" is treasure man. True in tying too. I'm known as a scavenger.

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