Thursday, February 9, 2012
Fly Tying Tip #125
A Little Sparkle Might Just Get Some Attention
There is a world of special effects to be found at your local pharmacy store. Display after display of nail polish in every color possible and containing tiny bits of sparkle. When Mayflies go through the transformation from nymph to dunn, they must release themselves from the bottom of the river, swim up and break through the surface film. As you can imagine this is not an easy task were in not for the production of gas bubbles that aid in buoyancy.
This effect can be replicated by use of flash back or dubbing with UV properties. A way that I create this look is to use very small amounts of nail polish with holographic flecks. I will paint bodies, wing casings or just the head. You will find many products with flecks of all different sizes. I even use these for the heads of Steelhead flies. Try it, you might even paint a nail or two.....