Good idea Bill, fly tying flash doesn't come cheap, especially if you tie big flash pike flies that can use practically a whole package of flashabou. Recently I ordered a package of 10 different flashabou colours from amazon for about 10 bucks, which is a steal considering branded flashabou magnum normally costs me about the same price just for one. Each individual package is a bit smaller but if you order 2 you have 10 different colours of flashabou for about 1/10th of the price of the branded stuff. These wigs look good, how do they hold up to fish?
. There are a number of “seasonal stores” around that cater first to Halloween costumes and then immediately switch to a Christmas store. That change over time is when these places are looking to dump the unsold Halloween stuff.
The “wigs” are just long fibered artificial hair, some are more craft fur like than others. The ones I’ve found are just packaged as Halloween wigs usually in the women’s section of the costumes. You can find almost any color you desire and on occasion I’ve found some that are multi-colored “fright” wigs. I don’t have any photos of the packaging I’m afraid. Don’t know how to better describe these for you.
I can’t exactly answer your question Cory as I’ve not used the flash wig material yet. It’s Mylar and it’s as thick as magnum flash material bought from the supply houses. When I take strands of each and try to tear them, they seem equally strong. Guess I’ll have to get tying and have my pike guys test the durability.
I’m thinking about trying some as wing case materials on my LaBomba’s. I also tie flash jigs for walleye and use magnum flash for spinnerbait dressings.
Thanks Bill, strength is a pretty big factor when going after pike, as long as it's similar to magnum flash it should be good. Is each strand quite long? I tie most of my flash pike flies between 6"-10"
Yes the strands are about 8”-10” on most of this wig. I’m going to search out another place that might carry this sort of wig. Honestly, this is the first time I saw something like this Cory. Mostly, it’s just artificial hair wigs that I find.
Do you fish for musky often @Krawec ?
I use the magnum flash (expensive though it is) to create “cowgirl double spinners” for a few of my musky nut friends. If you are unfamiliar with the cowgirl spinner thing, check it out on the net.
The issue as you stated earlier, is the cost. You usually don’t get more than one of these monster lures from a hank of flash. I’ve gotten to the point of agreeing to make the double spinners and dress those monster treble hooks but request that the recipients buy the flash.
I would if I could Bill, but we just simply have no musky here. We do have exceptionally large pike though and I wonder if big flashy spinnerbaits would work for them. I might need to tie some up for those super windy days that permit me from fly casting around big wind resistant pike flies.
I've butchered many a Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations myself bill when I was little and couldn't afford "fly" tying materials ,(which I still do even now!) ,creativity is one of the driving forces of our art reguardless where we get our materials!...
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