Floss & Chenille!
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There are lots of fly tying materials that call themselves floss, but for our purposes here, we're simply talking about rayon body floss. It comes in single strand or 4 stranded and is typically used to build up bodies on humpies, wet flies and streamers. If you plan to tie humpies, you'll need some in red, yellow and green for certain.
There are new materials springing up each year that are called chenille. So for starters, you'll definitely want some Standard and Micro Chenilles. For something flashy, try the Glo-Brite for starters.
The most popular body material used for wooly worms and wooly buggers is what we call 'Standard' chenille. This is palmered around a hook to make a quick and simply body. It comes in 3 sizes. Our 'fine' is for flies 14-18, our 'medium' is for flies 10-16 and our wide is for 8 and larger flies. This comes in about 25 different colors, even fluorescent.
Micro and Ultra-Chenille
MICRO and ULTRA-CHENILLE
A soft, very fuzzy chenille that is used for San Juan Worms and other worm-like imitations.
Estaz is a garland of brightly colored nylon fibers. It comes in a regular nylon and a pearlescent nylon. Very popular among the saltwater fly tyers.
A loose, floppy artificial chenille with pearlescent filler strands. Lots of color, lots of flash and lots of action. A proven body material on large trout streamers, salmon flies, steelhead flies, bass flies and pike flies.
A translucent, vividly dyed artificial chenille. All the sparkle and translucence of seal's fur. Sizes medium only-for size 4 and smaller flies.
A cross between cactus chenille and tinsel chenille for highly colored and highly visible bodies.
Our standard or fluorescent chenilles speckled with pearl crystal chenille strands.
One size only - Extra wide. It makes dynamite, dazzling fly bodies.