Need help finding the "whatchamacallit" stuff

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Kaiserman, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Kaiserman content

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    There is a material that is very similar to V Rib and/or Liquid Lace. I don't know if it's "tubular" or flat material, but it is multi-colored - like black, pearl, clear, silver/gold, red - all in one. (I think those are the colors)

    It's used on small flies like chironomids and emergers for the body. It comes on a spool like thread does.

    Does anyone know my "whatchamacallit" material?
  2. kelvin Active Member

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    midge tube?
  3. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Are you thinking about "stretch magic?" it's all the rage now because you can layer it and get a multi-colored fly. If so, look at a craft or fabric store.
  4. Irafly Active Member

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    Possibly midge braid.
  5. Kaiserman content

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    No, it's not any of those, but closest to the Midge Tube. It's like that, but several colors, all in one.

    It's hard to describe (obviously). It has a mixture of all/some of those colors I mentioned above, but all in the same (one) material.

    I saw it at Cabelas, when I was "killing time" with the kids. It was in their fly tying section, but it's not in their online store.
  6. Bob Newman Member

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    Are you thinking of jelly rope ? Checkvout Michaels then
  7. Kaiserman content

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    That's the
    That's the closest one yet.

    See this pic , but there was more black and white/pearl I think. But I don't think what I was looking at was that big in diameter.
  8. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    Black holographic tinsel reflects lots of the colors you mentioned.
  9. Kaiserman content

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    Great, just great...

    Now there's another material I must buy for my collection! :p I guess a guy could just wrap that in clear V rib, or coat it.

    Thanks
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  10. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    You can wrap clear v-rib over the top any color holographic tinsel. I really like red v-rib over silver holographic tinsel.
    While you are at it, pick up some antistatic bags and a old VHS tape for chironomid bodies.
    SF
  11. Kaiserman content

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    Seriously! I never would have thought about VHS tapes. Great idea, thanks!

    Now....where are those wedding tapes. :D
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  12. fish-on Waters haunt me....

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    BAHAHAHA. You cracked me up. The significant other would have slapped me around the room if I had posted that.
  13. kelvin Active Member

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    I have been using this for a while now
    didn't know it's now the rage
  14. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Yes. We have a couple of contract flytyers in our club and they have used it to tie some very interesting flies that change colors depending on which way you look at them. Consequently, a bunch of our tying members have searched the planet for the stuff; some without too much luck. Personally, I haven't tried it yet and don't know if I will for a while. It takes me long enough to tie now and I have more materials than I can use in a lifetime.
  15. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Larva Lace? Swanundaze?
    Jack
  16. Kaiserman content

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    It's like those, but multi-colored in one strand.
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  18. Kaiserman content

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    That is a great site Gene! Thank you!
  19. GAT Active Member

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    It's part of Hareline's products catalog. You can't order anything directly from them but it will give you an idea of what is available so you can buy/order the product from a fly shop.
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    Yeah, I was bummed to see that I couldn't buy directly from them. The fly shop seems to have everything but what I need sometimes (Murphy's Law), and it's a guess when the next shipment comes in.

    It's probably a good thing they didn't, cause I'd never make it to the fly shop anymore. :D