Mono thread can be bought cheaply at febrics
shops or craft stores. It can be used as a
basic wrap on hook shanks where you want the hook
shank color to come up from underneath. I use this
on my shad flies with silver hooks and translucent
pearl ribbon floss bodies. I have found that dark or
off-color thread will show through floss or other
translucent materials when wet, often changing the
look of the fly considerably. ~ HH
Credits: This tip is one of many by Henry Hoffman
in the new book, Northwest fly patterns & tying
guide, by the Rainland Fly Casters, published
by Frank Amato Publications.
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