Fluoro Brite Red #4
Since Joseph Keen's book - Fluorescent Flies (1964) and Thomas Clegg's book - The Truth About Fluorescents (1967) as fly tyers we have been working with fluorescent materials. Today there are different fluorescent flosses available. However the manufacturing quality of such materials can vary with some flosses coming in different sizes from the same manufacturer! This makes it difficult for fly tyers. We decided to make a fluorescent thread with advantages that it could be used as a tying thread or as a floss, could be untwisted with the bobbin and used as a floss. Fluoro Brite was born to be different.
What is well known is that fluorescent materials do attract trout, salmon and other species. We cannot see material effects except under a UV torch where we see the glow. But with their visual rods and cones capable of seeing into the UV spectrum many fish species see this like a light in the dark.
Fluorescent materials work well one hour before daylight and one hour after nightfall. This is because even though we cannot see them, UV rays from the sun are still being refracted through our atmosphere and helping glow those hotspots!
Hints For Red #4 Fluoro Brite
Use several strands as a tail, cut and11 tease the Fibers with a dubbing brush. Because Fluoro Brite is twisted you will be left with a stunning, crinkled, fluorescent tail which produces ‘sparkles’ like fireflies at the end of the tail under a UV light.
Specifications For Fluoro Brite Red #4
- Specially formulated for fluorescence
- 120 Denier Red #4
- Thread Aught (or /0 sizing) 6/0
- Recommended hook size guide #10 to 2/0 and above. For smaller flies split Fluoro Brite to use down to size 20!
- Use as hot spot, fluorescent ribbing, body or hot spot tail
- For use as a floss simply untwist using your bobbin holder to create a flat floss