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Here's the deal: my good friend and incredible Miramichi River guide Renate Bullock (http://www.bullockslodge.com/ ) sent me a new fly she found out about recently, the Christmas Tree. No, not the big spring streamer, this is a very interesting looking hairwing for summer. Here's Renate's tie:
Obviously, the multi-floss butt has to be a big selling point to discriminating atlantic salmon, so, what with my penchant for buying and hoarding every salmon fly tying material known to humanity and all, I decided to let the aging scientist in me have a go at determining the best brand of floss for the job. I chose three brands, including my fav, Gordon Griffiths SuperGlo:
I tied up three flies, one with each brand, minus the wing and hackle. The body is peacock herl ribbed with oval silver floss (more about the body later):
They all look pretty similar to my eye, especially the Griffiths and the UNI. Time to soak them all for a few minutes:
Hmmmmmmm, something's happening. What is that bluish stuff surrounding the bodies??
Flies out of the bath:
I'll let you, dear reader, decide which floss looks best to you after a soak, but here's a little tip and the best thing to come out of this experiment: DON'T BUY THIS STUFF:
I originally bought it because I like how the dyed herl really "popped" when tied on as a body. I didn't know then that whatever company supplies BassPro with this stuff doesn't know doodly about dyeing materials! The dye essentially all comes off the herl:
So...Gordon Griffiths is still my fave floss - although I wish they had a hotter red (I may try the pink, it really pops), but my three packages of BassPro's dyed herl are going in the trash.
This has been a public service announcement.