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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Hen Pheasant skin - $16
Hen pheasant is the traditional hackle for sakasa kebari in Japan. The breast feathers are a light tan, the back feathers a mottled brown.
Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship hen pheasant skins out of the country.
Out of stock.
#1 Partridge skin natural - $29.00
Partridge is not the traditional hackle for tenkara flies, but it works very nicely. It is one of the traditional feathers used for the North Country soft hackle flies tied in England and Scotland for hundreds of years. (A British soft hackle is just a tenkara fly with the hackle pointing the wrong way.) These skins are a bit smaller and very much nicer than the ones I've bought over the years on eBay.
Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship partridge skins out of the country.
India Hen Cape Prince Nymph Brown - $5.75
I have used the India Hen Cape for my Hen&Hound sakasa kebari, and I really liked the way the feather forms just the proper slant for a sakasa kebari almost by itself.
The "prince nymph brown" is a medium brown with just a touch of red. It makes a very nice brown soft hackle for tying Dr. Ishigaki's fly.
India Hen Cape Furnace - $5.75
I have used the India Hen Cape for my Hen&Hound sakasa kebari, and I really liked the way the feather forms just the proper slant for a sakasa kebari almost by itself.
"Furnace" is generally a feather with a black center and brown edges. These capes have the black with brown edged feathers in the center of the cape, with brown or mottled feathers along the sides. Each cape is a bit different.
Woolly Bugger Saddle Hackle (Brown) - $5.00
I'm sure you could tie woolly buggers with this, but I got it in for the Ishigaki fly, which uses a brown hackle and black thread. I had initially been using dry fly hackle, but the woolly bugger hackle is softer and is much closer to what Dr. Ishigaki used when the gave his tying demonstrations in the Catskills and San Francisco.
Starling Skin - $7.00 or $7.50
One of the most underapreciated fly tying materials, starling is fabulous for soft hackle flies. Small, dark and iridescent, something about these feathers really attracts fish.
The brown skins are bleached but end up looking as if they were dyed brown. There are lots of feathers that are just the right size and color for a size 14 Ishigaki. Because starlings have lots of small to very small to impossible-to-tie-they're-so-small feathers, you could tie Ishigaki midges if you wanted to. I like soft hackled flies and believe the brown starling Ishigaki are going to prove to be just deadly.
Because starling feathers are naturally pretty dark, the purple is not really dramatic. The feather tips are purple, as is the fuzz. On the main part of feather it isn't as noticeable. I think this is why Tenkara Ashley ties her Punk Rock Kebari with more of the fuzz than I would normally use. When I tried the flies, the results were pretty impressive, though. (It was the only time I was ever able to outfish Dr. Ishigaki and Daniel put together!)
Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship starling skins out of the country.Purple starling out of stock.
Peacock Eyed Sticks - $3.50
Natural only. The herl from the stick is much better than in the packages of strung herl. You really won't believe the difference. Even just a little peacock herl will give your Sakasa Kebari an iridescent "hot spot" thorax.
Pheasant Complete Tail - $6.00
You get the best pheasant tail if you buy the whole tail. You'll get a lot more feathers and those center feathers will be the best you've ever seen. Because of government restrictions, I can't ship this out of the country.
Pheasant Tail Pair - $2.50
Natural only. I use Pheasant tail for Sakasa Kebari. jd_smith uses it for his Mino Gujo. Frank Sawyer used it for nymphs. I think it catches fish no matter how you use it. Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship this out of the country.
CDC - $2.50
CDC floats naturally, so no waxy or chemical floatant is needed. The fibers are so wispy that they move with the slightest current or line twitch. Natural Dun.
Because of government restrictions, I cannot export the CDC.
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 if you can add a white woolly bugger and maybe even an olive, you could certainly catch just about any game fish. Use the black with the Little Dark Kebari yarn, the white with the Natural White yarn, the olive or dark olive with Bracken yarn and the blue with the Blue Fly Yarn to tie Killer Buggers.
Silver Pheasant Dyed Blue - $5.50
I have never heard of people
using silver pheasant as hackle for wet flies, but it works pretty well.
(I couldn't find blue partridge.) The feathers are pretty large so you
will have to strip most of the barbs off until what is left is the right
size. I was able to tie size 14 yarn bodied wets without a problem.
Makes a nice looking fly when combined with the Blue Fly yarn.
Blue Strung Saddle Hackle - $5.50
I suspect the winner of the "largest" fish in the Blue Fly Challenge will be a salt water fish - or at least a fish large enough that it primarily eats other fish rather than insects. That suggests a deceiver or a streamer, and that suggests saddle hackle.Royal Blue (darker)
Deer Hair - $2.25
Like CDC, deer hair floats naturally. Why is the CDC & Elk tied with deer hair? That is a story for another day. All that really matters is that it works - and very nicely indeed.
Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship this out of the country.
Bleached Elk Hair - $3.00
When the shadows lengthen and the light dims, you'll appreciate the improved visibility of the bleached elk hair in your CDC & Elk - or should this version be called CDC & Deer?
Because of Government restrictions, I cannot ship this out of the country.
Deer Hair Dyed Blue - $2.75
Want to participate in the Blue Fly Challenge but don't want to give up your CDC&Elk? How about Blue Deer & Yarn. The blue deer hair is surprisingly visible against the water (at least against the less than clear blue waters I have to fish). Also, every fly tyer knows that wool absorbs water. What most don't know is that it also absorbs floatant, and one drop of Water Shed applied the night before will keep a wool bodied deer hair fly floating for a long, long time. Water Shed is toward the bottom of the page. Because of government restrictions, I cannot ship this out of the country.
Blue Northern Bucktail - $5.00
If you're going to be tying blue deceivers or blue over white clousers, you'll need a blue bucktail. Small bucktails actually work quite nicely with tenkara rods (twitched, not stripped). Whether small blue ones work gets to the essence of the Blue Fly Challenge. A big largemouth or pickerel, or who knows, a pike, could win the "largest" fish contest - that is, if it isn't a striper or, dare I say it, a bluefish.
Pearsall's silk thread - $4.50
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.)
UNI-Thread - $2.75
Black, gray and tan, etc. are natural and expected colors for trout flies, but if you tie flies for bluegills (and bluegills love sakasa kebari) do not ignore the chartreuse. And of course you'll want pink for tying the Utah Killer Bug. Do not forget Olive for the Punk Rock Sakasa Kebari or Royal Blue for the Blue Fly Challenge (you still need the Blue Fly Yarn, though).
Veevus 16/0 - $3.00
This is the thread that all the buzz is about. Very thin, surprisingly strong. Just what you want for the size 26 Daiichi 1100. Black.
Gordon Griffith's Sheer 14/0 - $2.75
If you are going to tie flies on size 26 hooks, you are going to want a thin thread. This one is lightly waxed, stronger than you would expect for being so fine, and creates minimal build up. Red.
Killer Bug Yarn (Sand) - $9.60
The Chadwicks 477 Frank Sawyer used for his killer bugs hasn't been made in decades. Substitutes exist and this is one of the best. It has red fibers running through it like the original, and if colored with a Prismacolor marker it turns pinkish tan when wet. 105 meters.
Killer Bug Yarn Package - $2.50
Don't need enough for a whole sweater? Handy package contains about 4 yards of yarn, sufficient for at least 25 Killer bugs.
Utah Killer Bug Yarn (oyster) - $9.60
This is the "Oyster" yarn used by the Tenkara Guides in Salt Lake to tie the Utah Killer Bug. It is a little darker and quite a bit pinker than the yarn I use, and they tie and fish their bugs as is, without coloring the yarn with a prismacolor marker. Like my killer bug is for me, though, theirs is their most productive pattern, across different stream types (and whether scuds are present or not).
Temporarily out of stock.
Utah Killer Bug Yarn Package - $2.50
This is the yarn used for the Utah Killer Bug variation developed by Tenkara Guides LLC in Salt Lake City. Darker, pinker, with some blue fibers, this is the "spectrumized" version. No Prismacolor Marker is required for this yarn. About 4 yards
Bracken Yarn Package - $2.50
Very few things in nature are a single uniform color. There is almost always a blending of colors or at least different shadings of color. I like to choose yarns that have different colored fibers running through the yarn. Bracken is primarily a light yellowish green with black fibers running through it. (It is quite a bit more yellow and less green in real life than the photo shows.) Like all 100% wool yarns, it darkens when wet, but the presence of black fibers makes the yarn a very dark olive when wet. However, it isn't as uniform dark olive, there are subtle darker and lighter areas, with some light stray strands.
The photo on the left shows a simple Bracken yarn damselfly nymph dry and wet. About 4 yards.
Buttermilk Yarn Package - $2.50
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. About 4 yards.
Fog Yarn Package - $2.50
Fog is a mix of pink and gray fibers (a little more gray than shown in the photo - getting colors right is very difficult). Quite a bit darker than the oyster. About 4 yards.
Green Rock Worm Yarn Package - $2.50
Mostly green with a little yellow mixed in. As with all the other yarns, it gets darker when wet.
About 4 yards.
Little Dark Kebari (Oxford) Yarn Package - $2.50
Oxford is a dark charcoal yarn with light fibers running through it. Not being a uniform color, it presents a more lifelike image. Can be used for any wet fly or nymph for which a dark, fuzzy appearance is desired. Goes very nicely with starling hackle or black woolly bugger marabou. About 4 yards.
Mist Yarn Package - $2.50
Mist is another yarn that I learned about from the Tenkara Guides. I haven't fished with this one yet, but the Guides swear by it. I do know that blue works in flies and have wondered why there weren't more blue flies after Andrea Scalvini told me that they work quite well with his pesca mosca Valsesiana. Try the Mist yarn when you want a slightly lighter body than the Purple Haze will give you. Like all 100% wool yarns, it will darken when wet. About 4 yards.
Moorit Yarn Package - $2.50
This is another yarn that comes recommended by the Tenkara Guides. I had known of this one before. Moorit is the brown strand of the brown and gray Moorit-Shaela (nymph yarn) but I had never used it by itself. It makes a very nice body to go with either a hen pheasant feather or a partridge back feather. It is really more of a uniform brown than the photo makes it appear. About 4 yards.
Nymph Yarn (Moorit-Shaela) - $9.60
This is the yarn that got me started with yarn-bodied flies. I tied nymphs with it with extra yarn wraps to create a wider thorax. It is a two-ply yarn with one brown ply and one gray ply. When wet it turns very dark but not quite black.
This yarn is great for yarn-bodied soft hackles with partridge feathers. Separate the strands and use the gray strand with the gray breast feathers and the brown strand with the brown back feathers. Or, use both strands together on a big hook (up to size 2) with those partridge or pheasant feathers that are too large for your size 12 kebari.
Nymph Yarn (Moorit-Shaela) Package - $2.50
Instead of nymph yarn, I should have called this Partidge Yarn. Separate the strands and use the gray strand with the gray breast feathers and the brown strand with the brown back feathers. About 4 yards.
Purple Haze Yarn - $9.60
This is a yarn that I learned about from the Tenkara Guides in Salt Lake City. They swear by it and now I do, too. The first fly I tied with it, a simple soft hackle with a Purple Haze yarn body and a partridge back feather, was surprisingly effective for both trout and bluegills.
Purple Haze Yarn Package - $2.50
This is a a great yarn for yarn bodied soft hackles tied with partridge back feathers. If you don't think you'll need enough for 500 flies, perhaps the package is the way to go. About 4 yards.
Shaela Yarn Package - $2.50
Shaela yarn is the gray strand within the Moorit-Shaela (nymph yarn). It is a medium gray, but unlike most gray yarns, it is not spun and then dyed a uniform gray. It is spun from a mixture of very dark gray fibers and very light fibers. The color is much more interesting and is more lifelike when wet. It makes a very nice body to go with a partridge breast feather. About 4 yards.
Sunglow Yarn - $9.60
If there is any fly tying material as storied as the Chadwicks 477 of the original Killer Bug, it has to be the Tups dubbing used in the original Tups Indispensable. It should be called the Tups Unobtainable. You can't get it, or at least you can't get it quite right quite, shall we say, legally, if you live in the US. The hair from a ram's scrotum is hard enough, but the hair from an unborn seal is well nigh impossible. This yarn is for those tyers who'd like to have a fly thorax material that's a little bit yellow and a little bit red but who don't fancy emulating Jason (no, not that Jason) and his quest for the golden fleece. And even if you're not tying a Tups Indispensable, this yarn makes a very effective Killer Bug.
Sunglow Yarn Package - $2.50
Try this one. It makes an excellent Killer Bug and a passable Tups. I am certain that an Amano Kebari with a thorax of this yarn would be a very good fly.
About 4 yards.
Thyme Yarn Package- $2.50
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. As soon as I saw it I thought it would work nicely as a yarn body for a Punk Rock Sakasa Kebari. (I find it interesting, if a little disappointing, that Jamieson's also has colors named Sage and Rosemary, but no Parsley. Thay have Paprika but Paprika, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme just doesn't quite sound right.) About 4 yards.
Natural White Yarn Package- $2.50
Use the Natural White Yarn along with white woolly bugger marabou to make white killer buggers, which will imitate small shiners about as well as anything. The natural white yarn isn't bleached or dyed. It's just the way the sheep made it. About 4 yards.
Wren Yarn Package- $2.50
The overall color of the wren looks like a greyish tan, but it is made up of a number of different colors, and also contains some very light and very dark fibers. It should make a very nice yarn bodied soft hackle with a hen pheasant or partridge feather. About 4 yards.
Blue Fly Yarn Challenge Pack- $.50
This is the yarn that was at the center of the Blue Fly Challenge. A lot of people caught a lot of fish with this yarn, ranging from little mosquito fish to big carp, trout, bass, bluegills and more. The stuff seems to work. About 1 yard
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.
Water Shed - $4.50
For anglers who use floatant, this is a nice one. A drop of Water Shed 24 hours before you use the fly will leave your flies floating for a long time. No oily residue on the water like Gink, doesn't mat down hair or hackle like Mucilin. A drop of Water Shed just as you finish tying the fly will make your Blue Fly Challenge Deer Hair & Yarn Caddis float for a long time.
Tungsten Beads $6.00
Interestingly, a size 18 Daiichi 1560, along with a 5/64" tungsten bead weighs less than a size 10 Daiichi 1120 hook by itself. It should not feel any different when casting. A fly tied on an 18 hook with a bead will sink faster than a fly tied on a 10 hook without a bead because it is smaller and is thus less affected by water resistance. With a small fly and a small bead, you don't need a stiff rod to cast it or to fish it.
These are slotted beads so they will fit over the barb and around the bend. A pink bead with a bit of sunglow yarn on a size 18 Daiichi 1560 actually works pretty well. Give some a try.
Gold, copper or pink
Prismacolor Marker, Sand - $5.00
This marker transforms the killer bug yarn from a light oatmeal color to the tan that creates the crucial pinkish tan color when wet.
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