Materials

Foam Beetle with buggy dubbing

Black and Brown Wooly Bugger with a bead head

Elk Hair Caddis
Fly tying material can be anything used to construct a fly on a hook. Traditional materials were threads, yarns, furs, feathers, hair, tinsels, cork, balsa, and wire. Today’s materials include not only all sorts of natural and dyed furs, hair, and feathers, but also a wide array of synthetic materials. Rabbit, mink, muskrat, fox, bear, squirrel, deer, elk, moose hair, and other furs are commonly incorporated into artificial flies. Synthetics have allowed fly tyers to replicate rare and sometimes endangered furs and feathers as well as create completely new types of flies. Synthetics such as rubber legs, foam bodies, plastic wings, transparent plastic cords, chenilles, and all sorts and colors of flashy materials that can be incorporated into the wings and bodies of today’s artificial fly are available to the fly tier. Whereas lead wire (11.34 gm/cm3) was the traditional method of weighting flies, today’s weighting materials include beads, coneheads, and lead-free wire (made from a nontoxic heavy alloy). Silicone, epoxy, kevlar materials are regularly incorporated into modern artificial fly patterns. Here at GCFflyshop, we are trying to bring together some of the best small business materials suppliers as we think small is better so keep looking back for our ever-increasing stock of materials.