I like silk. Apparently.
For years I've enjoyed fishing spiders... those super simple, ancient, flies from the British Isles which are so elegant. I always used to tie spiders with floss, and some newer varieties with things like wrapped crystal flash bodies or opal tinsel bodies. Some times I use starling, some times a variety of grouse or hen back feathers. I've never been one to fully follow fly tying "rules"...
For whatever reason - well, I guess for similar reasons to traditional Rangely style streamers - working with fairly "traditional" materials on some flies. But, on spiders, silk is a bit expensive and thus, I've always stuck to those other, more modern body's on my flies. They work fine, but I always wondered: "what would silk be like".
Then Brk Trt over at Small Stream Reflections posted this: http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/2015/01/february-red-soft-hackle.html only a few days prior to my trip to The Fly Fishing Show. I decided - well, Brk Trt's motivation influenced :) - me to go for it and buy some silk and give it a go.
So I did... And I'm glad!
It's a really nice material. An interesting amount of stretch and translucence, yet it compacts great with a little pull so that you can keep the heads on flies really tidy.
The other good thing about the show, is that there are vendors with lots of great stuff - and I found some great Partridge of Reddich spider hooks. They have nice wide gapes and large eye's which is great when trying to minimize head size and settling the whip finish. Very happy with those!
Did up a few orange and grouse and green and grouse last night. Looking forward to doing more!