Introduction To Fly Tying Wires
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 | Andy
Wires have become more popular for fly tying as they have been developed with coats of varnish to prevent tarnish and rust helping them sparkle longer.
Wires have have 3 primary uses in fly tying as:
- bodies in flies like the Copper John
- to add weight to a fly to help it sink or
- as ribbing on both dry flies and lures, nymphs and streamers.
Wires come in different guages or sizes for fly tying:
- 0.1mm ideal for dry flies and small nymphs
- 0.2mm ideal for moist nymphs and streamers and
- 0.3mm for large streamers and predator fly patterns
Useful wires colour for fly tying are as follows:
Advice When Tying with fly tying wires:
- Never use scissors, these will become blunt. Simply bend the wire back and forward to break it.
- 0.1mm are fine for dry flies as a rib, not too heavy to drag the fly underwater
- 0.2mm wires are ideal for streamers and nymphs
- 0.3mm wires are ideal for larger Predator flies and Saltwater patterns
The Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) series commonly used in Great Britain were given in BS 3737: 1964. The SWG standard is now withdrawn. The basis of the system is the millimeters, or 0.001 inches.
Fly tying wire manufacturer comparison chart
|Wire Diameter mm ||Manufacturer ||# Colours ||Approx SWG (Standard Wire Guage) |
|0.1 ||Semperfli ||17 ||43 SWG |
|0.11 ||UTC ||7 ||41 swg |
|0.2 ||Semperfli ||17 ||36 swg |
|0.2 ||Uni (Fine Wire) ||6 ||36 swg |
|0.3 ||Uni (Medium Wire) ||7 ||31 swg |