Chironomids

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fly Tying Tip # 23 - Oval Tinsel Substitute

So you want to tie a streamer body of flat tinsel and ribbed with oval tinsel and you search and search for the oval tinsel and you come up empty. Do not fear! Here is a simple trick for making your own. It wont replace the real thing but it will serve as a substitute.


Tie in the flat tinsel and wrap the tinsel in touching 
turns to the bend of the hook. 
(I like to attach hackle pliers to the tinsel at this point)



Begin twisting the tinsel from the flat ribbon to a rope 
configuration. Pay attention to the twisting of the tinsel so that you get a 
silver rib on a silver body.


Wrap the tinsel into a tight rope.


Wrap the ribbing forward and tie off.


You now have a smoothly wrapped tinsel body with a rib of 
twisted tinsel that substituted for the real oval tinsel.

Continue to finish the fly.

Thanks for looking.