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Old 01-04-2017, 05:36 PM
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I just picked up some Montana Fly Company 700-Rainbow Midge Body Thread from a local fly shop. I understand that this is the same material Veevus sells as Iridescent Black Rainbow thread. I'm planning to tie some Kaleidoscope (K) Midges with it. I read in a tying magazine that this is embroidery thread repackaged by Veevus and MFC.

After going to the fly shop I had to stop by Wal-Mart. I checked their craft section and found what appears to be (at least to my color blind eyes) the same material. Its not on a convenient spool but comes in a small skein. Its DMC brand E130 Embroidery Floss. The skein breaks down into 12 strands that appear to be the same diameter as the material on the MFC spool.

The spool was $3.30 for 35 meters. The skein was $1.97 for 96 meters (12 strands at 8 meters each). The skein might take a little more effort to tie with but that's a big savings. I do support my local fly shop and encourage everyone to support theirs. If I can save that much on this material I'm not going to pass it up!

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good find but...

after time and effort of straightening out the skein of material, separating into individual threads, finding spools and spooling the thread onto spools will it still be cost effective?
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Default Re: Kaleidoscope Midge Thread Cheap

Check the thread section of your local craft or sewing store for "Sulky" or "Gutermann" brand threads. Both of these come in come in some nice metallic colors that work well for midge and other fly bodies. They are also easy to work with.

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good find but...

after time and effort of straightening out the skein of material, separating into individual threads, finding spools and spooling the thread onto spools will it still be cost effective?
I don't think I'll go to the effort of spooling it. For the small amount used on size 20 and smaller midges I'll probably just cut short lengths of it.

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Check the thread section of your local craft or sewing store for "Sulky" or "Gutermann" brand threads. Both of these come in come in some nice metallic colors that work well for midge and other fly bodies. They are also easy to work with.
Thanks for the info! I did pick up a roll of Coats brand metallic thread in copper to try also.

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after time and effort of straightening out the skein of material, separating into individual threads, finding spools and spooling the thread onto spools will it still be cost effective?
After thinking about my previous post I tied some size 20 K Midges just holding the skein in my hand. Its such a simple pattern that it worked well. I may just wrap the skein around a piece of dowel and place a rubber band around it to keep it from unraveling. I can just alternate the 12 strands from fly to fly.
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I have a bunch of thread and materials like this that I inherited from and inlaw who was a quilter. Pieces of thread like that I would probably just tie it in and manipulated it with some hackle tweezers.
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DMC brand E130 Embroidery Floss.
Found out about DMC floss through the book Midge Magic (Holbrook/Koch) and have used it ever since. Absolutely love the stuff for midge pupae, comes in a massive variety of colors, and is readily available. When my wife wants to stop by Michael's (craft store) I always tell her, "I'll be back in the fly tying section" where the DMC floss and C&C thread displays are.

I also use the DMC floss exclusively for RS2 bodies (single strand, twisted into a rope to form a segmented look) and for soft hackle bodies.

It's great stuff.
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Yep, the DMC floss is nice and the Sulky thread can be used on fly rods also, whereas most embroidery thread is treated or coated which can cause problems with epoxy finishes. Anyway...that rainbow sparkle looks nice!
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One of my absolute most productive midge patterns

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Dropped off one of these in March or April on tailwater

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Those are some awesome looking flies.
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Those are some awesome looking flies.
Thank you

The midge was a local guides creation he shared at a public tying class. The wire soft hackle fly came from the Hot Wire Prince Nymph which is one of my favorite flies. One night tying I decided to tie it on a scud hook and eliminate the biots. Well I tied some and took them fishing and they worked great so now its a "go to"
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