Part Four

Flash Dispensers
By George E. Emanuel

How many times have you reached for your Rainbow Crystal Flash with a feeling of frustration over the way it so completely disarranges itself into a tangle of seemingly useless confusion. Well, if you are like most of us, and we were all "newbies" at one time or another, you now are well aquainted with the magnitude of our dilemma. You may even wonder why you ever got into such a totally exasperating hobby in the first place!

Well, take heart. There is a solution to all problems, large and small. If you will take the bag in which the flash is supplied by the manufacturer, and simply cut a triangle from it as shown, you can neatly handle any of these "stringy gremlins."

This takes only a second and serves a number of purposes. First, it allows you to pull out, through the cut, only that material you need at present for your fly. If you will carefully use the tip of your scissors, to work the material from the bag, you will save yourself much aggravation, and be a much more pleasant person to live with as well.

Second, you can maintain the label intact. This is a great aid when your pattern calls for a shade seen only in the beak of a Himalayan Yak Snout because the label will clearly indicate the color as being the aforesaid "Himalayan Yak Snout." This is particularly helpful to those of us who are either, a) colorblind, or b) have never seen a Himalayan Yak up close.

The third reason I prefer to leave it in the original bag, is when I travel I need simply pick up the bag and toss it into my traveling tying kit. It requires no other preparation.

There are other ways of dealing with this material. Some of you may use a rack which holds several skeins of flash instantly available.

For the above reasons however, I have found this to be the easiest way to solve this particular problem. Now get out your flashes, and fish hairs etc. and enhance your efficiency at the bench with two diagonal snips of your scissors. It just doesn't get any easier than this!

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas too! ~ George E. Emanuel (Chat Room Host Muddler)

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