Color of Chadwick's 477 Yarn When Wet

by John Evans
(San Antonio, TX)

First Cichlid Taken With Chadwick's 477 Yarn

First Cichlid Taken With Chadwick's 477 Yarn

A few blog posts ago I mentioned that my wife had gifted me with some original Chadwick’s 477 yarn from England, and I tied up a few Killer Bugs with it. I finally had the opportunity to fish the yarn in a little warm water creek with good results. The fish I caught weren’t anything special—just some cichlids and bluegills, but the Killer Bug worked well. The one I used was tied with a pink hot spot at the head, the normal way I tie Utah Killer Bugs with the Spindrift Oyster Yarn.

I thought I’d post the one photo of this little cichlid just so readers could see the translucent, “wormy” color of the Chadwick’s yarn when it’s wet. You can see why fish go for it. Most yarns just turn darker when they’re in the water, but the Chadwick’s and Oyster yarns gain a life-like, attractive appearance, with some depth to them.

The one take-away from the afternoon’s excursion is the importance of actually testing fly-tying materials in the water. The way something looks on the shelf or fly-tying bench and the way it appears in the creek will almost certainly be different. Plus, it gives you a good excuse to go fishing!

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