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We have always been using ultraviolet reflective materials


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#1 overmywaders

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 02:34 PM

Suppliers of fly tying materials have been hyping "UV" materials in recent years. Often they confuse fluorescence with reflectance, big difference! However, classic dry flies have always been using UV reflective materials --- everything reflects UV, some as low as 1%, some as high as 80%.

 

Below are images of an Adams in natural light and then in just UVA (320-400nm):

 

AdamsVis.jpg

 

AdamsUV.jpg

 

You can see that the UV reflectivity is high in the grizzly hackle and hackle tip wings. The grey body also is bright in UV.

 

So, you don't need to buy new materials. The classic dries have proved their worth in capturing trout through appropriate colors, of which UV is just one.



#2 Mogup

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 03:24 PM

More time on the water will get you many more fish than some hype driven UV tying product.

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 03:31 PM

I couldn't agree more. 

And following the old, proven patterns will, imo, give you everything you need in both visible light and UV. 



#4 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 09:37 PM

Trout still eat and then hate a well presented Adams anywhere I've ever cast them. Haha.

I have a personal rule? Guideline? I never land more that tro fish on a fly or pattern. So I safe fishing an Adams, red quill and a couple others for very special times. Fun.

Dries should be tied with as many natural materials as possible.

Opinionated enough for today? Good post.
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#5 overmywaders

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 01:08 AM

... and only natural hackle, not dyed! (J.A. Knight, like many of his generation was a stickler for natural hackles.)

I was just tying some #16 Quacks, but neuropathy and tremors made a mess of them. I might need to switch to Antron (horrors!) for the wings.



#6 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 01:29 AM

I don't mind Antron wings. Similar reasons. Haha. It's just as well to tie and fish what you can when you can.

Best to you.
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