Iridescent Minnow

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  1. Kerfwappie

    Kerfwappie Member

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    I've been playing around with this iridescent plastic I pilfered from my wife's gift wrapping station. It comes wrapped around a piece of copper wire. When you peel it off you end up with a cool looking, crinkly sheet of plastic that's fold able. Anyway, this is something that I came with. What do you think? I don't know what the fish think yet, might get to try it this afternoon.

    Eric
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  2. Brad Niemeyer

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    Looks interesting....Is it folded over and tied in at the head? The twisted rope might make a nice minnow body if you can get the wire out without untwisting:hmmm:
     
  3. Kerfwappie

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    Yes, it's creased down the middle and cut to taper. Then the forward corners are folded over paper airplane style, and tied at the point. From below, it looks like gill plates.

    Eric
     
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    Very Nice!. The fly looks outstanding. A colleague has share some bulk silk fibers that she uses for spinning yarn. It is pretty good looking stuff. Have tied some dubbed bodies with it but haven't given them the water and fish test yet.
     
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    I have used this same material for wings on housefly, cranefly, dragonfly patterns. You can find it without the wire also. It is called Raffia Ribbon. I happened to find mine at a Goodwill and only endeded up with about a foot of it.. If your going to buy a normal roll of it, it wouldn't hurt to go in with someone, you will have enough for a lifetime.

    It is pretty cool stuff, havn't tried it for bodies though...Looks like that will be my next use from the results youve shown us.
     
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    E, awesome and creative tie as usual. Every fly of yours that I've seen is killer.
     
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    The fly looks good .

    I use the same material for shellbacks on scuds and have had good results , BUT , I bought the material from a fly shop for about 3 bucks for a 8 x 4" piece . Yikes . Time to schedule a trip to Michaels .
     
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    Just add a rattle or two. Great Job.

    Brock
     
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    That dog oughtta hunt. It will be interesting to see if the finish will stay on the product; often I find that to be the weakness of (non fly shop) flash material. I've used Christmas garland and what not for flash, to find that it doesn't hold up in the water and after use. Hope your fare better!

    I really like and appreciate your ability to identify a potential product and skills to utilize it in a pattern. Great job!
     

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