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Old 09-26-2008, 12:04 PM
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Default All white flies

I have heard of people tying flies with all white materials then they would color the flies to the right color with permanent markers on the river. Has anyone heard of doing this? If so, what would be the advantages and dis-advantages? I would think that it might work for certain patterns. One of the problems I see with it is trying to find the right color of marker. I don't know if they make an olive colored marker. Would the marker be hazardous to the fish?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

I am thinking of tying some foam flies. I have alot of white foam and was wondering if I could use it without dying it first.

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For foam, definitely yes. You can get Pantone pens and other brands of permanent ink pens at an art/crafts store (probably a big stationery store/Staples place too). They come in all kinds of colors/shades. Obviously, look for ones that are permanent not water soluble ink.

And of course some guys use them on streamer type flies to make barred marks like perch, on stuff like synthetics and bucktail, and the backs of large stonefly nymphs to make the top darker than the bottom.

For more conventional types of flies, like trout dry flies and stuff though, with dubbing, hackle etc, I wouldn't go that route and would prefer to tie with stuff that was the right color to begin with.

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Hi John,

I agree with peregrines. I guess an all white size 10 Wulff would make a good indicator fly. If you make some foam flies those would be easy to color. It just seems like a lot of work on the stream. I would rather have the right flies for the water all ready tied and ready to go.

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I think that for many flies, especially trout flies, you wouldn't have the natural translucency that are in the materials used for tying specific patterns. Some materials that work well when dyed stand up just fine to the markers. Buck tail, deer hair and synthetics are what come to mind.
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