View Full Version : Opal tinsel

02-18-2013, 12:35 AM
Dennis Potter, a fly fisher and tyer from Michigan swears by OPAL TINSEL for the abdomen on nearly all his mayflies and caddisflies in leiu of dubbed bodies and swears it out-fishes similarly dressed dubbed body flies 10 to 1.

Anybody have thoughts, comments or experience with this stuff?

Does LRO sell it? Potter claims it sorta "glows green".

Seems that upon review of my dry fly boxes I don't need any "replacement" flies but if opal tinsel bodies make such an enormous difference in fish catching I'll dump them in the wastebasket.

02-19-2013, 04:55 PM
Does LRO sell it?


02-19-2013, 07:33 PM
SAMMY I think UTC has it on spools but don't know if LRO sells their products.

Seems I don't really need to tie many dry flies to re-fill my boxes and still have a slew of nymphs all very seviceable BUT like everyone else... I seek "the edge".

I have a list of about 15 patterns that I want to try out this year.... many are old reliable patterns to which I want to add a "HOT SPOT" behind the bead..

Also looking for something called DATUM GLO-BRITE that is apparently made in the UK... some sort of UV floss that guys are raving about up in PA.

I think the Clinch fish see a lot of flies over a season so I'm going to try something that might stir their interest a bit more when the only game seems to be throwing those wicked tiny zebra midges. I can barely see the size 20 and smaller flies so I'm wondering what might "reach out" visually to the fish that is several feet away from the drift and induce strikes.

I saw a pattern called the PINEAPPLE EXPRESS that I want to try; size 16 down to 20... Also gonna tie some size 18 zebra stle beads with red bodies made from red crystal flash and mabe a turn of peacock herl for a collar and perhaps a tuft of white in front of the bead.

Does anyone throw scud patterns on the Clinch? Howsabout Sculpin patterns?

Last year Orange was a good color for me below Cherokee when dressed onto some streamers and as a HOT SPOT on BHPT's but orange didn't elicit many stikes on the Clinch.... seemed that Quasi's were the Spring ticket last year but I'm gonna spice them up with a HOT SPOT and see if they don't work better.

02-20-2013, 11:13 AM
I don't use it on any dry flies. I do use it for the body and wing case on a couple of midge patterns, like a Rainbow Warrior. I also use it on the wing case of flashback nymphs and poxy back nymphs like a copper john.

03-07-2013, 09:28 AM
Well; took a ride down to LRO on tuesday and picked up some OPAL TINSEL and it is wicked awesome stuff.... wish I had bought the entire inventory and may well do that to ensure a lifetime supply!

Tied up some *16 nymphs on "sproat" style hooks and used the OPAL for the abdomin with size small oval french tinsel in gold for a rib, then made thorax with ice dub peacock and used the opal for a wing case. Picked out the "fur ball" for legs.

****ation I'm ready to throw out all the other nymphs in my fly boxes!

This stuff is wicked amazing; won'y sleep well till I drift these in a river.


03-07-2013, 09:44 AM
I use but I don't find it the holy grail. I mostly use it on nymphs for ribbing.

David Knapp
03-07-2013, 02:42 PM
Does anyone throw scud patterns on the Clinch?

Try a Ray Charles...you can put that opal tinsel to good work in the process!!!


03-07-2013, 08:17 PM

Thanks; I'll try it, seems I have a bit of that type ostrich somewhere or another but need to buy more now.

Hope you are having good times fishing out west!

03-09-2013, 01:15 PM
CORBO I'm glad you found some opal tinsel.

03-09-2013, 07:24 PM
hope it was what your looking for.

03-11-2013, 07:46 PM
While I have yet to drift an OPAL tinsel fly past any fish with spots; this is pretty sexy stuff. Tying under a light it is totally crazy how light reflects and changes color from clear to green to a sorta red hue.... it also seems to pick up color from surrounding material.

My guess is that as it moves in the water it makes the fly appear to have movement by virtue of the constantly changing color. I'm liking my nymphs but want to tie up some EH caddis with opal body and also a few parachutes. It may also find it's way on some CDC emergers and I will also try it on a few Klink hooks where the "lower" body will get the opal which is the part that "dangles" under the film.

Not expecting miracles but I'll let you all know how this stuff works.... or maybe not. LOL

04-16-2013, 06:00 PM
I got some of this stuff the other day and used it today on some Ray Charles. Striking stuff, will have to see how it fishes.