Offering fly tying materials is a natural extension of the "One Fly" Tying Kits™, which are great for people who want to try out a new pattern without having to buy a large supply of new materials. If you know you are going to be tying a lot of the same flies, though, it does make sense to buy your fly tying materials in larger quantities.
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#1 Partridge skin natural - $29.00
Partridge is not the traditional hackle for tenkara flies, but it works very nicely. It is a traditional feathers for the North Country soft hackle flies tied in England and Scotland for hundreds of years, and North Country wets work quite nicely with a tenkara rod. These skins are a bit smaller and much nicer than any of the ones I've ever bought on eBay.
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Partridge Feathers - $3.25
Everyone recommends buying a whole partridge skin instead of a package of partridge feathers. With the skin, you do get more feathers and you get the smaller feathers around the head that people like for tiny flies. Most tenkara anglers don't tie really tiny flies, though.
I'd rather you actually try them, and if it takes buying a package or two before jumping in with a whole skin, so be it. Partridge is a very nice choice for tenkara flies. Had the original tenkara anglers had access to partridge, I am sure they would have used it. If anything, it wraps better, and more of the feathers are the right size.
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Woolly Bugger Marabou - $2.50
I've heard it said that you can catch any fish that swims with a black woolly bugger. I don't think that's true (but almost). Use with the Black Killer Bugger Yarn yarn to tie Killer Buggers.
By now, everyone has probably seen the video of Amano-san tying kebari in hand. He ties flies on eyeless hooks, first tying on a loop of silk cord treated with persimmon. The persimmon does two things, it stiffens the cord and it also dyes it a reddish brown color. People here in the US have generally used silk bead cord dyed a bright red, but now actual persimmon treated cord is available. It is slightly stiffer so it won't be so likely to collapse or twist.
(The current batch of cord is lighter than that shown in the photo.)
Pearsall's silk thread - $5.00
The classic thread for British soft hackle patterns. Silk has a translucent quality that cannot be matched by polyester or nylon threads. Plus, silk darkens when it is wet, the hot orange turns almost a mahogany brown. The bright colors are only bright when the silk is dry. (Note: the spools are much smaller than standard spools.)
I now have Bill Bailey's waxes. See Miscellaneous section below.
UNI-Thread - $2.75
Black, gray and tan, etc. are natural and expected colors for trout flies, but of course you'll want pink for tying the Utah Killer Bug and the Pink Chenille Worm.
Glo Brite Floss - $3.00
David Southall ties his Utah Killer Bugs with lead wire, Glo Brite Floss over the wire, and a single layer of Utah Killer Bug yarn over the floss. This floss is so bright it shows through the wet yarn, giving the fly a orange or pink hue.
Utah Killer Bug Yarn - $9.00
As effective as the Killer Bug Yarn, and doesn't require a marker to darken it.
Bracken Yarn - $9.00
Dark green with yellow and black fibers. Excellent choice for damsel fly nymphs but works just as well for yarn bodied wet flies.
March Brown Yarn - $9.00
Light brown when dry but gets darker when wet. Very good for nymph or wet fly bodies.
Olive Killer Bugger Yarn - $9.00
What you see is not quite what you'll get. I could not capture the color exactly with my camera and light (and photography skills). It's kind of an olive green with a hint of gray, and maybe a touch of yellow. It is more olive than the Bracken and not nearly as yellow.
Sucker Spawn Yarn - $9.00
This yarn is a golden yellow
color and should be a good match for sucker spawn.
Sulfur/PMD Yarn - $9.00
This yarn is a light yellow color and would work very nicely for a yarn bodied sulfur if you are a hatch matcher or an Amano Kebari if you aren't.
White Killer Bugger Yarn - $9.00
Use the White Killer Bugger Yarn along with white woolly bugger marabou to make white killer buggers, which will imitate small shiners about as well as anything. In many cases, you can watch the fly and see the hit. The natural white yarn isn't bleached or dyed. It's just the way the sheep made it.
Ultra Chenille Micro, Fl. Pink - $2.00
Shortly after I started fishing with a tenkara rod I also started fishing a pink chenille worm. I caught a lot of fish, but I also missed a lot of strikes and stopped fishing it. Recently I've experimented with a pink chenille worm again, but this time using much smaller hooks - size 20 and smaller. My hook up percentage improved. When I tied the worms with two size 26 hooks, my hook up percentage improved again. The micro sized Ultra Chenille is very well suited to the smaller hooks.
Given that one package will tie well over 100 flies, and that all you need for a pink chenille worm is the chenille, a hook and some thread, this is one of the biggest bargains in fly tying.
For the Overhand Worm, you have to use larger hooks so the chenille doesn't take up the whole hook gape. The Wide Eyed hook works well. For the Overhand Worm, you don't need thread (or even a vise) and it is without question the simplest fly you can tie!
Ultra Wire, Small, Copper - $1.75
The killer bug is tied with copper wire instead of tying thread. It provides a bit of extra non-toxic weight and holds up well to trout teeth.
Ultra Wire, Small, Red - $1.75
I tie the Utah Killer Bug and the white Killer Bugger with red copper wire.
Lead Free Wire .015" - $3.25
For those anglers who do not want to use lead, the lead free wire will still give you more depth than copper wire. Use two layers for more weight.
Bailey's Tying Wax (cobbler's wax and white wax) - $5
These waxes, produced by Bill Bailey, are tying waxes, not dubbing waxes. Used for hundreds of years to prepare silk thread for tying. Waxed thread holds the materials in place as you tie (critical for tying in hand), makes the fly more durable, and changes the color of the silk (particularly when using the cobbler's wax). They do make the silk a bit tackier, so a separate dubbing wax is not necessary. One piece of cobbler's wax and one piece of white wax per package. Store in a cool place.
Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax - $5
Unlike the cobbler's wax and white wax, the Fly Tyer's Wax is a dubbing wax. Bill has been working on the formula for this wax for years. While most dubbing waxes are quite soft and come in a tube, this one is formulated so that pulling your thread through the wax softens it just enough to coat the thread. Unlike the soft tube waxes, Bailey's Fly Tyer's Wax will make your fly more durable in addition to making it easier to dub tricky materials. It is effective for touch dubbing as well as for use with dubbing noodles. Siliconized paper keeps the wax from sticking to the tin. This wax does not require refrigeration between uses.
Gold Tungsten beads for micro buggers. The 1.5mm beads fit the Daiichi 1110 #26 and the 2.0mm beads fit the Daiichi 1110 #20. Both are excellent for micros and the #20 will also take trout. Package of 25.
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