The Complete Fly Fisherman|July/August/September 2020
Over the years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the variety of fly-tying materials, especially when it comes to synthetics. The original synthetics were used mainly for salt water flies and larger fresh water streamers, but this has changed as technology and material availability has improved, and we now have a wide range of synthetics for smaller fresh water flies as well.
Besides Flash, which we have pretty much always had for fresh and salt water flies, we have seen an increase in synthetic fibre for streamers, and also an increase in finer synthetic fibre in the form of dubbings for pretty much any size of trout fly. This in turn made a much larger variety of colours available to be used in flies as true colour shows better in synthetics than in naturals, which of course is what we want in salt water flies.
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