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Default Oval Tinsel Substitute

So you want to tie a streamer body of flat tinsel and ribbed with oval tinsel and you search and search for the oval tinsel and you come up empty. Do not fear! Here is a simple trick for making your own. It wont replace the real thing but it will serve as a substitute.

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Tie in the flat tinsel and wrap the tinsel in touching
turns to the bend of the hook.

(I like to attach hackle pliers to the tinsel at this point)

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Begin twisting the tinsel from the flat ribbon to a rope configuration. Pay attention to the twisting of the tinsel so that you get a silver rib on a silver body.

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Twist the tinsel into a tight rope.

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Wrap the ribbing forward and tie off.

You now have a smoothly wrapped tinsel body with a rib of twisted tinsel that substituted for the real oval tinsel.

Continue to finish the fly.

Thanks for looking.
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