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Flash is an essential ingredient for many types of flies. This thin, reflective material adds a touch of realism to fly patterns, mimicking the flash and shine of natural baitfish scales or insects' bodies. Most flashes are made from a thin strip of foil or synthetic material with a metallic or holographic finish to attract attention.
Flash fly tying materials come in various forms, ranging from small strands to longer strands. The choice of flash depends on the type of fly you're tying and the desired effect you wish to achieve. For smaller flies, such as nymphs or dry flies, using small lengths of flash can add subtle flashes of color and sparkle. On the other hand, streamers and larger attractor flies benefit from longer strands of flash. These longer strands create a more pronounced flash and movement in the water, mimicking the behavior of baitfish or larger prey.
Many fish species can be attracted using fly-tying flash. Rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout are notorious for their aggressive response to flashy patterns. Beyond trout, many saltwater game fish are also attracted to the glimmering and erratic movements of baitfish. Additionally, species like bonefish and permit, known for their keen eyesight, can be enticed by flash patterns that stand out among the sandy flats or seagrasses where they hunt.
We offer many varieties of flash, including popular Flashabou materials from Hedron, as well as flash materials from Semperfli and Hareline. New items with impressive, varying properties are being introduced each season.
What is Fly Tying Flash?
Flash is a valuable material for attracting fish and enhancing the effectiveness of flies and fishing lures. It refers to any shiny, highly reflective material strategically incorporated into fishing flies and lures to mimic baitfish scales or other shiny prey.
What are the best types of flash?
When it comes to fly tying, adding flash to your patterns can be a game-changer. We offer flash from a variety of manufacturers that are excellent options for your next fly fishing trip. The choice of materials largely depends on the type of fly you wish to create. For those seeking to tie streamers, flash materials like Flashabou by Hedron or Krystal Flash from Hareline are commonly used favorites. For a setup with varied colors, SemperFlash Mix from Semperfli offers alternating sections of different colors. Take a look at our entire collection of fly-tying flash materials to find the right fit for your needs.