Hey all. So I've been noticing that a lot of fly tyers don't use just wire to rib their flies. As we all know, there is just a ton of stuff out there and I'm working on narrowing down the amount of materials I use.
So what is everybody else out there using to rib/segment their flies and why/why not?
for the flies i tie, essentially atlantic salmon flies and soft hackles and the odd whatever, wire and the various tinsels are all I use for ribbing. But I use a LOT of different "flashes" otherwise in my flies.
Chartreus Krystal flash, one strand of peacock herl or midge braid and then fine gold wire over PMD dubbing works great on a nymph and streamers with 3 strands peacock herl ribbed with large hot orange wire gets their attention
I still use a lot wire, actually copper lamp cord wire, for ribbing However, the various flash materials are fun and useful in a variety of ways.
If you want to keep it simple, I would recommend getting some Pearl and maybe Black Krystal Flash. You can use these for
wings or wing accents on emergers,
legs on nymphs,
wingcases on nymphs (tie in a small bunch and twist into a braid)
accents on streamers and wooley buggers
Chartreuse Krystal flash, one strand of peacock hurl or midge braid and then fine gold wire over PMD dubbing works great on a nymph and streamers with 3 strands peacock hurl ribbed with large hot orange wire gets their attention
I'd love to see a picture of this fly. I suspect this fly could be a 'killer' for Fall King Salmon fishing.
I wanna tie a big fly. Use a bowling ball for a bead,,,then some bicycle inner tubes cut into strings for tailing fiber,,,wrap the body with long fiber indoor carpet strips, use rusted barbed wire for ribbing, and cut a sheet off an old tarp for a wing case. A couple old boat sails for wings,, then dub up a thorax with Sasquatch hair,,,fold the tarp patch over that and tie it in at the hook eye with a another strand of rusted barbed wire. Then put Thompson water seal all over it. I could find an old coffin for a fly box I bet....