FLY TYING TINSEL AND WIRE
FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
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reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

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FLY TYING TINSELS
Tinsel is usually sold on spools. Fly tying tinsel is often used for tags or bodies. Tinsel will add flash and sparkle that will hopefully catch the attention of a fish.

Mylar Tinsel
MYLAR TINSEL
Most tinsel today is made of mylar material. Tinsel is commonly used when tying the tag on a fly. There are fly patterns that use tinsel for the body. Silver, gold, red, blue, purple, green, and orange are common colors. You will want a couple colors including gold and silver, which seem to be most often used. There are several holographic patterns that can be used with great effect. Tinsel is reasonably priced and all fly tying stores should have some in stock.

TINSEL WIDTH
Sold in small, medium and large widths. Small obviously works best with small flies. Medium width tinsel will be most often used with steelhead flies. Large width tinsel is best suited for salt water flies and streamer bodies with a lot of area to cover.

Tinsel Tag and Body
Tarzana Steelhead Fly Segmented Body
This photo shows a close-up of a mylar
tinsel tag and body.

Spools of Fly Tying Wire
Spools of Fly Tying Wire
Silver, gold and copper wire are most
common. Other colors such as red, blue
and green are available.

FLY TYING WIRE
Metal wire most often used as ribbing, Sold in small, medium and large thickness Most often you will use small or medium sizes. Silver wire works good with most patterns.


This fly body uses small silver wire for ribbing

Gold Oval French Tinsel
Spool of Gold Oval French Tinsel
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FRENCH TINSEL
Flat or round available.
Gold and silver are common colors. It is actually tinsel wrapped around thread.

Metal Tinsel
Metal Tinsel

METAL FLY TYING TINSEL
Mostly used with classic style flies. Actual metal tinsel can be hard to find with modern materials such as Mylar being much cheaper. Metal tinsel will cut the thread if not careful.


Embossed Metal Tinsel
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EMBOSSED TINSEL
Embossed tinsel is made of metal and as the name applies, it has been embossed. Not used often and then mostly for Steelhead and Classic Salmon flies. There are limited designs and colors.

MISC.
Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly tyers can be creative looking for the perfect materials.

Purple Soltice
Purple Solstice Steelhead Fly uses four
different colors of tinsel. It has a complex
tag constructed using 1/3 red and 2/3 gold
mylar tinsel. The body is purple mylar tinsel.
Silver French tinsel used for the ribbing.

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING TINSEL AND WIRE