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Male Speaker: The next part of the tag is the silk floss which is a traditional material for Salmon flies. There are lots of good quality materials available. This happens to be a Japanese embroidery silk. It's a single strand and is high gloss, beautiful material. It's easy to find at some of the fly shops that specialize in Atlantic Salmon flies floss selections, some of the cross stitch shops. Surprisingly, I love going with my wife to needle point stores because I always find materials useful for fly tying.
Because this is a single strand, there really isn't any need to separate or split this fiber. And one thing that I've found very useful with respect to silk floss that's not as much a problem with rayon floss. Some people tend to have oily hands, oily skin or they have mixed and skin tags, they will tend to fray the silk floss. It's not so much of problem with rayon floss.
The other thing is that the oil can be transferred from the hands to the silk floss and will dull the shine. And for that reason, one popular way of dealing with that problem is to use silk undergloves. These are available from outdoor shops where skin gloves are sold. They provide a way of manipulating the silk floss in order to keep it from the fraying or burying and without transferring oil to the fibers to dull them.
What I'm doing now is stroking this, even though it's a single long strand. We want to make this sure that this is as flat as possible. What we'll do is take this filament of silk, bend it over the tying thread such that the short end faces the hook eye and the long end goes off the back, and we'll put five wraps of tying thread, one, two, three, four, five, and then open wraps to get it out of the way.
We'll now wrap the silk to form the tag and we will wrap backward in touching turns and periodically it's useful to put. Let the tension off and the thread will then, or that silk will then, make sure it resumes a ribbon like appearance. And hopefully, when this is completed, this will look as though it has been painted on and not wrapped on.
Now, we're right back to the tinsel. We're going to return back toward the hook eye, or the eye of the hook and here, I'm just slightly overlapping each wrap as we go forward. In order to slightly build up the slightest increase in bulk because I want the tag to step down at the tinsel tip.
We're back to our tying spot and we'll take off our wraps, open wraps. And remember, we had five tie off wraps. We're going to take three off and then tie them the silk tag, one, two, three. The purpose for this is to minimize bulk, one, two, three, four, five. Remember or get in the habit of consistent number of tie off wraps for each material. You know how many you've tied down, you can back off and leave a one or two wraps at any point of the material, in order to minimize the bulk.