Upgrading simple flies

I tie flies most days. I am a fixed line fly fisherman specialising in fishing for English freshwater species on the local canal. I like simple flies, mostly soft hackles, nymphs and midge patterns. Occasionally I will tie a Kebari style fly, usually in the reversed hackle style as in a Sakasa Kebari.
Recently I purchased some holographic tinsel and I am amazed at the effect it gives after being treated with UV resin.
Have a look at the dressing below.

I have used a Hends BL550 size 14 hook with Uni-thread 8/0 black and a 2.5 silver tungsten bead. The body is formed with thread then over wrapped with Hends Black Holographic tinsel which is treated with Deer Creek UV fine resin I have used a Hen Pheasant back patch hackle. The body colouring is very subtle - various greens.

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It looks very nice. Two questions come to mind, though. Are you tying for yourself or for the fish? If for the fish, does the holographic tinsel and UV resin catch more fish than simple black or green thread? For some fish here in the States, the tinsel wouldn’t matter but the resin would add protection from sharp teeth, which will tear a thread body apart after only a few fish.

I was about to post one of my most leaned on flies has a gold metalic thread, but to also it suites to answer your question too @CM_Stewart . I usually coat it with head cement because if I dont, the fly will get torn and unravel. The thin gold foil that wraps the thread in my case is very brittle. I have a few early versions of the fly that had a lot of mojo unravel and I had to try to mend them streamside…hahahahha.

I use my metalic gold thread in a lot of water you and I fish. I find it can work when the water is stained a bit, which when we do get rain, can be often. I use it less in crystal clear water unless it is fast running and I want to draw attention to it, or naturalistic is not working. I feel the form is both flashy and naturalistic. Tiny air bubbles and transparent/translucent body parts can refract/reflect light and create similar sparkle.

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Let’s just say I am trying to look at the holographic effect as though I am a fish. To me it reminds of the ‘flash’ and coloration that one finds on quite a few insects. However what it does do is it gives ME confidence. It probably makes not the slightest bit of difference but I feel better for it.

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I think flash can super important in a fly in some senarios. Most of my flybox are all the same form and I only carry one that has a similar sparkle as the one you posted David. My flies are mostly either shetland yarn bodied or this gold one. My flybox is super minimal, and I can say sometimes putting this fly on instantly makes a difference. It could be that there are other factors at hand or that the form like Davids has a lot of good attributes. Contrast might be part of it, but the glint/flash I really feel can be a tipping point to either annoy, draw attention, or match the attributes of real insects. Reflective flake is widely embraced in all lures and soft plastics. I do not think this is an additive for just fisherman.

This was before I started the coating of head cement.

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