My Buddy Alex from ADH-Fishing sent me some cool new stuff for testing! Here are my thoughts about it:
Everybody knows Flashabou , it’s THE flash material since many, many years. It moves fantastic in the water, reflects a lot of light and is available in many colors. Just great stuff. Now, there is something really new in the family of Flashabous:
This stuff is really awesome! It’s not flashy as you might think, when you hear the name. It got a very discreet shimmer and for that reason, you can use it in streamers and flies, which should look natural and stealthy and you can use it in bright, flashy flies. It gives the fly more contrast and it’s also an alternative for the long, thin grizzly feathers. We all like these feathers in our big streamers and predator flies, but they are unfortunately very expansive nowadays.
I love it! Awesome to use in pike flies and other types of big streamers for mean predators. Moves great in the water and it doesn’t absorb a lot of water like other natural materials like arctic fox. It’s also very durable.
It is very easy to tie with. You will create a superb shape to your fly due to its high volume because of a minimal krinkle. It pumps like hell in the water.
I used it mainly for pike flies, but it’s also very useful for long winged salmon patterns such as Sunray Shadows, Collie Dogs and other skandinavien big salmon flies.
The average length is about 13 to 15cm, partly up to 20cm.
If you like to tie and fish pike flies, it’s really a must have in your fly tying box!
Big Fly Fibre is well known since some years for using it in very big flies, which are still super easy to cast, because it’s synthetic and it doesn’t absorb any water. Now there are some new cool color blends and Hedron put also some flash into it. In the pictures, you can see two examples: „Sunset“ on the left, which is a mix of orange/red and yellow with pearl flash and on the right „Golden Olive“ with green, olive and brownish fibres (one of my favourites!) mixed with green holographic flash. It also much longer than the normal big fly fibre! So cool!
Here’s a short example how you can combine those materials to create a really easy and great moving/looking pike fly.
You can find the materials by clicking onto the following links (choose between german and english language):
I made two short videos how the articulated pike streamer move in the water. The blue streamer is the same as the white/olive one, just another color. Due to the big head made from uv-resin, the craft fur keep its volume in the current and moves really nicely!