It is time to fill up all the tying materials after the quiet early winter time. During this season I start to fill empty material stocks and buy missing materials everywhere - from local dealers, web shops and from other flytyers. I also like to dye materials, like hairs and feathers. The first reason to start dyeing was to find the perfect color for banana and I started to fix the colors of bought materials. Later I have started to buy more and more pure white materials and dye those by myself. Sometimes when you order materials from web shops the color isn’t exactly the same than in pictures and you have to fix it a bit. By dyeing the materials yourself you get exactly what you want. Here are my simple tips to home dyeing.
Add two teaspoons of Veniard dye color and blend it
Add three tablespoons of ceramic tile cleaner as a primer. The key is in the low pH value. Old school guys use vinegar but I prefer tile cleaner as it doesn’t smell so bad.
Rinse the dyed materials with cool water and let them dry a little bit
I want to see the result immediately, so I dry the materials with a hair dryer. If you have better nerves than me, you can let it dry over the night.
Be careful with the colors and don’t use any kitchen instruments meant for cooking. For starters, you need a pan, measurement cups and pliers.
Here are three effective patterns from freshly dyed materials.
Brown and orange on bottle tube. Easy way to tie fluoro fibre tail straight to cleft of bottle tube.
Allrounder Willie Gunn tied on copper tube
Bright banana for flooding river
I hope everyone who is interested in dyeing got some tips from this text. I have found this “recipe” from Finnish fly fishing forum and this isn’t the one and only way, but this is my simple DIY way.
Happy holidays to everyone and tight lines for the next season!
Red Francis (or Frances) is one of those love & hate flies. Every salmon angler usually has a opinion about it. We think that you should carry a few always in your box. Read our tips for fishing with Red Francis and have a look on the step-by-step tying tutorial.