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#12014329 - 01/01/17 12:29 PM What thread for Floss Nymph
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I need some knowledge please. I caught several trout lately on something called a "floss nymph". It kind of looks like some small worm that is tied on a size 14 hook. The worm itself is just a piece of thread that just extends maybe 1/4" past eye and bend. Should I try to use 210, 280 or that stretch thread? Sorry but I know very little about tying thread and materials.
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#12014552 - 01/01/17 02:25 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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One version of that pattern uses dental floss.
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#12014681 - 01/01/17 03:46 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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What size thread would dental floss be
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#12015059 - 01/01/17 07:49 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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i think orvis store have the material that you looking for

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#12015105 - 01/01/17 08:16 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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It's called Flexi Floss, Orvis has Nano silk which will work. Fishwest has Flexi Floss


Edited by Smurfs (01/01/17 08:22 PM)
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#12015851 - 01/02/17 10:34 AM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Smurfs]
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Originally Posted By: Smurfs
It's called Flexi Floss, Orvis has Nano silk which will work. Fishwest has Flexi Floss


It's not flexi floss. I have some flies that the flexi floss was used for legs instead of rubber. I may just order some of the 210 or 280 size thread.
I have never used floss so I was just wondering about what size thread it would be close to.
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#12016104 - 01/02/17 12:46 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Originally Posted By: Turf Dawg
Originally Posted By: Smurfs
It's called Flexi Floss, Orvis has Nano silk which will work. Fishwest has Flexi Floss


It's not flexi floss. I have some flies that the flexi floss was used for legs instead of rubber. I may just order some of the 210 or 280 size thread.
I have never used floss so I was just wondering about what size thread it would be close to.


oops my bad!
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#12016165 - 01/02/17 01:30 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Sorry if that sounded grumpy. Didn't mean for it to in anyway. I will try to post some pics.
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#12016177 - 01/02/17 01:39 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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See if this works


Edited by Turf Dawg (01/02/17 01:42 PM)
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#12016447 - 01/02/17 04:22 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Originally Posted By: Turf Dawg
I may just order some of the 210 or 280 size thread.
I have never used floss so I was just wondering about what size thread it would be close to.


There are different types of floss and thread is not a very good substitute. As a general statement, floss is a very thick version of thread that allows more coverage of the hook with fewer thread wraps. But then it gets more complicated.

There are many different types of floss. Personally, I use 3 types more that anything else, 4 strand Rayon, single strand, and UNI-Stretch. For a beginner, I would avoid silk floss, not worth the extra effort or expense for most patterns.

I use 4 strand most often because I can vary the number of strands used and adjust the thickness of a floss body to produce a smoother finish << this is very important for tying some of the classic patterns, but it is not important at all for fishing flies. 4 strand is very versatile, but can be more challenging to use.

Single strand is very similar to a very thick thread and is easier to use that 4 strand. After discovering UNI-Stretch, I seldom use it anymore.

UNI-Stretch is a stretchable, more or less single strand floss. For fishing flies, it is quick and easy to use. This might be the material to try for your fly pattern.

Concerning 280 thread, while it looks like a rope compared to other sizes of tying threads, the spool I have looks to be only about half as thick as one strand of 4 strand floss. So, about 1/8 the size of single strand floss. You'd have to use a lot of it to replace floss.

Do you have a picture of this fly?
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#12016529 - 01/02/17 05:14 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Rex I do have a pic but for some reason cannot get it to post. Is there any way I could email or text it to you please.
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#12016544 - 01/02/17 05:21 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Sure, I PM'ed my email to you.
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#12016942 - 01/02/17 08:20 PM Re: What thread for Floss Nymph [Re: Turf Dawg]
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Looks like single strand floss to me. I would think either UNI-Floss or UNI-Stretch (or equivalent) would work. It would be possible to tie this fly with just thread, but you'd spend a lot of time wrapping it around the hook.

I'm not sure if Cabela's has floss in stock or not, but Barlow's in Dallas has it.
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