"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
Roderick Haig-Brown, "Fisherman's Spring"
Sulky threads, available at Jo-Ann's Fabrics and, I am sure, many other fabric stores come in a huge variety of holographic colors and work beautifully for flashbacks. It can also be furled to make very neat "twist" for ribbing on larger flies. I use it a lot on speys and full-dress stuff, too. It is thinner than Flashabou but easy to deal with.
A huge advantage is the fact the spools are far easier to keep tidy and I need ALL the help I can get for that! They have a "keeper" arrangement on each end of the spool that works very well.
Like the others, I use a lot of pearl or opal mylar. But I also like black mylar. For both I tend to prefer a flat braid material rather than a sheet material. The braid provides a little more texture and flash.
I use everything previously mentioned and like Hareline's Flashback which was developed by Shane Stalcup:
...and lately, I have been playing around with a lot of this stuff:
Daughter to Father, "How many arms do you have, how many fly rods do you need?"
I agree with Kelly the mirage tinsel has the most unique coloration and sheen if that is what your looking for.
I have used metallic red on big pheasant tails for trout, from Christmas tree icicles, and done well with them, but have no experience with red for warm water.
When I was in Kansas a few years ago, at the shop where Bluegill 222 worked, he showed me the nymphs Joe Hyde liked, and they had pearl flash back material. The nymphs did not have one moderatly wide strip, but instead had 3 or 4 very narrow parallel strips of the flashback material making up the flashback. This made for a very subdued flashback appearance, unlike something like silver of gold that will immediately reach out and grab your attention.
Last edited by Gandolf; 01-09-2014 at 03:23 AM.