Fly Tying Materials

Snowshoe Rabbit Foot

Snowshoe Rabbit Feet
Snowshoe Rabbit Feet

Snowshoe Rabbit Foot

Rabbit’s Foot or Snowshoe Hare Foot is a durable and versatile material for dry flies, emerges and nymphs. The hair from the feet is naturally water repellant and provides some natural buoyancy to flies tied with it. The hair can be used for wings, tails shucks and dubbing. Like many body hairs, the feet have an underfur which makes for an excellent dubbing. You simply clip a section of hair off the foot pad and pull or comb out the underfur to save for future use. The hair is also somewhat transparent in the water, allowing the light to glint off the strands of errant hair.

The most famous use of the foot hair likely comes from Fran Betters’ The Usual. The fly is simple and created from just snowshoe hare, thread and a hook. A clump of hair is tied in as a wing over the hook eye, and another tied in as a tail and then dubbed with the collected underfur. The dubbing can be short and wiry, but gives an ideal buggy look to the fly.

The natural colour of the hair will depend on when the animal was harvested. Winter hare’s will have white or cream hair while those taken in warmer months will have buff to darker brown hair. You can also find a number of dyed colours available from supplies like Hareline and Superfly which can be duns, olives, browns, sulphur and even some more exotic bright colours can be found. They are normally sold as a pair, but some sellers only list single feet.

Strung Rooster Schlappen

Rooster Schlappen
Rooster Schlappen

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Schlappen are large wide and webby feathers that come from the lower saddle area of the rooster, and alongside the tail. The hackles are useful for a number of applications. Saltwater patterns use the schlappen for tails and collars on the largest patterns. The schlappen fibers make great tails, and throats on streamer patterns. Salmon and tube flies often employ schlappen for collars. The feathers have also been used by classic streamer (Carrie Stevens etc.) fly tyers for the tails throats and under shoulder elements of the fancy streamers.

Schlappen has quite long and soft fibers that flow and conform to the water flowing over it. Colors are commonly dyed over a white base, but chinchilla (grizzly-like), bronze (black and white) and other natural base colors can be used. Larger packs and unique colors that don’t appear in the fly shops can often be found on Ebay and Amazon with a bit of searching. The schlappen often comes sewn on a strip, but may also be sold loose, usually as a premium product that has a better quality.

Whiting American Rooster Capes

Whiting American Rooster Capes
Whiting American Rooster Capes

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Whiting American is a line of feathers that is specifically breed for long wide feathers. These rooster capes come in a huge variety of colors both vibrant and earthy. The feathers on the Whiting American Rooster Capes have long lengths, wider bases than dry fly hackles and webby bases. The hackles are ideal for tying flies with lots of big feathers such as bass bugs, decievers, tarpon flies, pike flies, saltwater bait fish, and tradition featherwing streamers. Capes offer the most selection in size with the top feathers being wonderfully sized for small streamers and the bottom feathers reaching in excess of 5 inches, large enough for the biggest toothy critter attractors.

Capes are available in many colors including natural patterns, dyed over grizzly, dyed over bader, dyed of black laced white, dyed over dun and dyed over white. A full partial listing of colors can be found at whitingfarms.com Not all the hackle variations are listed, but searching the online shops often turns up some interesting feathers.

Krystal Flash Fly Tying Material

Krystal Flash Fly Tying Material
Krystal Flash Fly Tying Material

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Krystal Flash is the Hareline version of crystal flash synthetics. Flash is a widely used fly tying material and is often used in tails, wings and bellies on many flies. It may be used as a highlight among other materials such as a few strands alongside a marabou Wooly Bugger tail, or used to make the entire wing on a streamer. The fine crinkly wave of the flash reflects light in all directions and impart life to your fly pattern. Krystal Flash can also be used as a body material. Just tie in a small bunch of 10-20 strands and wrap it forward.

Tying Tip: To prevent a mess on your fly tying table, keep the flash in its original package. Cut out a small opening in the package just under the zip lock closure and use a bodkin or scissors to tease out a few strands of Krystal Flash as you need them. This ensures that the strands stay organized and prevents a huge mess.

Available in over 40 colours including pearl, metallic, UV and grizzly versions.

UNI Products 6/0 Fly Tying Thread

UNI Products 6/0 Fly Tying Thread
UNI Products 6/0 Fly Tying Thread

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UNI Products 6/0 Fly thread is a general purpose fly tying thread and is ideal for tying flies for many species of freshwater and saltwater fish species. The thread has a denier of 135 and is available in both waxed or unwaxed finishes. The fly tying thread can be found in 25 colors, enough choice to match most situations, and comes wound on either 50 yard or 200 yard spools. The thread may be used for basic fly tying, or on smaller flies, it can be used as a body material. It has a 33oz. rated breaking strength which is strong for its diameter.

Available colors are: Black, Camel, Doctor Blue, Green, Gray, Iron Gray, Dark Brown, Light Blue, Light Cahill, Olive, Olive Dun, Orange, Pink, Purple, Royal Blue, Rusty Dun, Red, Fire Orange, Rusty Brown, Tan, White, Wine, Yellow, Chartreuse and Light Olive.

UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier Fly Tying Thread

UTC 140 Fly Tying Thread
UTC 70 Ultra Fly Tying Thread

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The UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier fly tying thread is favored by many fly tyers because of it’s abilities. The thread has been engineered and developed specifically with the progressive fly tyer in mind. The thread can easily be tied flat so that wraps are precise and so that unsightly bumps do not form. This is especially important when tying smaller flies and finishing the heads of flies. The thread is not bonded, and that along with the flatness of the thread lends itself to splitting the thread for inserting other materials. items such as dubbing or hackle can be added to create advanced dubbing loops without needing to double over the thread, thus avoiding extra thread bulk. UTC is made from nylon, which has a similar strength as polyester, but has stretch that allows the thread to better grasp the materials being bound. The 70 denier thread is great for tying smaller flies (#12-#26) and can be used as the body material on small midges and mayflies. The UTC 70 comes on standard sized spools in lengths of 100 yards. The spools include an end cap that secures the loose end of thread when not in use.

Available colors are: Black, Olive, Red, Gray, Blue Dun, Rusty Brown, White, Tan, Fl. Cerise, Fl. Chartreuse, Fl. Fire Orange, Fl. Orange, Fl. Pink, Green Olive, Hopper Yellow, Olive Brown, Peacock Blue, Dark Brown, Wine, Yellow and Cream.

UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier Fly Tying Thread

UTC 140 Fly Tying Thread
UTC 140 Fly Tying Thread

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The UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier fly tying thread is favored by many fly tyers because of it’s abilities. The thread has been engineered and developed specifically with the progressive fly tyer in mind. The thread can easily be tied flat so that wraps are precise and so that unsightly bumps do not form. This is especially important when tying smaller flies and finishing the heads of flies. The thread is not bonded, and that along with the flatness of the thread lends itself to splitting the thread for inserting other materials. items such as dubbing or hackle can be added to create advanced dubbing loops without needing to double over the thread, thus avoiding extra thread bulk. UTC is made from nylon, which has a similar strength as polyester, but has stretch that allows the thread to better grasp the materials being bound. The UTC 140 comes on standard sized spools in lengths of 100 yards. The spools include an end cap that secures the loose end of thread when not in use.

Available colors are: Black, Olive, Red, Gray, Blue Dun, Rusty Brown, White, Tan, Fl. Cerise, Fl. Chartreuse, Fl. Fire Orange, Fl. Orange, Fl. Pink, Green Olive, Hopper Yellow, Olive Brown, Peacock Blue, Dark Brown, Wine, Yellow and Cream.

UNI Products 8/0 Fly Tying Thread

UNI Products 8/0 Fly Tying Thread
UNI Products 8/0 Fly Tying Thread

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UNI 8/0 Fly tying thread is a light fly tying thread and is ideal for tying flies for many species of freshwater and saltwater fish species. The thread has a weight of 70 denier and is available in both waxed or unwaxed finishes. The 8/0 fly tying thread can be found in 24 colors, enough choice to match most situations, and comes wound on either 50 yard or 200 yard spools. Many fly tyers use 8/0 as their go to thread of choice, and it serves a multitude of functions at the tyer’s desk. The 8/0 is small enough to use on hooks down past the #20 size and works well on larger patterns to keep down the bulk that a larger diameter tying thread may present.

Available colors are: Black, Camel, Fluorescent Orange, Green, Gray, Iron Gray, Dark Brown, Light Cahill, Olive Dun, Olive, Orange, Purple, Rusty Dun, Red, Fire Orange, Rusty Brown, Tan, White, Yellow, Pink, Chartreuse, Wine, Light Olive and Doctor Blue.