|The Contented Angler
Amy & Joe Gablick
|If you are new to fly tying, even thread can be confusing. You can't learn everything from a
Nylon or polyester - Nylon stretches, polyester doesn't. Polyester is a round thread. With
Nylon you can twist it counter-clockwise so it ties flat and covers a large area quickly. If you
twist until you can see the individual strands, you will weaken the thread. Don't overdo it!
Size - 3/0 good for large flies like streamers and buggers. Stronger than 6/0 or 8/0. Not good
for dry flies or small flies.
6/0 - I would call this the standard thread that I've been using for over 40 years. Perfect for
standard flies, especially Danville. Ties flat or can be spun clockwise to tighten.
8/0 - for small flies although it doesn't make a smaller head as many believe. Dubbing
doesn't adhere as well to a smaller thread. Recommended for small flies. Thread doesn't
stretch. You may prefer this.
210 or Flat Waxed Nylon - Large thread that ties flat and will cover a large area quickly.
Used whenever you need a very strong thread. I usually apply a base of 210 thread on
streamers and salmonflies to maintain a smooth underbody. Used for spinning deer hair if
you tighten it.
Spiderweb - a thread for very small flies and midges. Strong for its denier.
Ultra Thread from UTC - Ties nice and flat. Similar to Danville. Notice the 70 denier is the
same size as Danville 6/0 If I want a slightly stonger thread, I choose Ultra 140 which
makes no visible difference.
Monofilament thread - Becoming popular with clousers and other streamers and saltwater
flies as the color underneath will show through. We were one of the first to use this for egg
flies and it's perfect for this application.
Pearsall's silk thread - Traditional thread from England used for salmonflies and soft hackles
or spiders. Some say it maintains its color when wet, which is not true. Mostly used for
bodies on wet flies. Also makes a good ribbing thread.
|Denier - is a measurement used to identify
the fiber thickness of individual threads