Semperfli have recently just brought out a whole new bunch of new and exciting materials. As part of their amazing pro team, each year we all come together for a little something called Fly Jam! we all get to get our hands on the new products and have a play with it all. This year one of the stand out products for me is the new Semperseal sub, an outstanding seals fur substitute.
A Little Bit About Semperseal
First of all in some countries seals fur can be quite difficult to get your hands on and even travel with. look no further than Semperseal! its available in a whopping 41 colours! you can get these in individual packs or in a dubbing dispenser like the image above.
Seals fur can be a tricky material to work with, this new dubbing from Semperfli is some of the nicest and easiest dubbing I’ve used. you’ll notice the fibre lengths are long, this is intentional and you can tie all manner of flies with this dubbing weather that be salmon, saltwater or predator flies! for them smaller flies just cut the semperseal to the length you require.
Semperseal In Action!
Above is another example of how semperseal can be used from fellow Semperfli Pro Team Member Deb Paskall. here she’s used the dubbing on her Seals Bugger and a Leech pattern where she’s mixed Semperseal and Semperfli Ice Dubbing to create a lovely buggy pattern! yet again showing how versatile the Semperfli products are!
Semperseal will be available from dealers worldwide by the end of December. if you’re unsure who your local dealer is just contact Semperfli directly and they can point you in the right direction!
This week I’m reviewing another new product from Semperfli, Their Dirty Bug Yarn. Its a material that I have come to incorporate in many of my river dry flies and nymphs. There are many reasons for this. when I first received the yarn the first thing that came to my attention was not the many different colors there are but how natural looking they were.
Immediately I was already imagining what flies I could tie up with the Dirty Bug Yarn? I’ve successfully tied up caddis dry flies using the Dirty Dark Olive & Grey Caddis colors. The Shrimp, Cinnamon & Salmon colors make great use for Gammarus Patterns.
Tying With Dirty Bug Yarn
As I mention above there are many fly patterns you can tie using dirty bug yarn. If you’re new to fly tying you might be wondering how you would use this material? it is super, super easy to work with. If you’re tying small dry flies where you don’t want any bulk simply pinch off the fibers from the rope and dub onto your thread, helping you create a natural looking body!
The other beauty of Dirty Bug Yarn is that you can split the strands, so if youre wanting a thinner profile to your fly simply pull apart the two strands! this is helpful when tying tying smaller flies. Or, if you’re wanting to bring two colors together!
You can of course use it straight from the spool. I’ve found its also a fantastic use for when tying peeping caddis flies. the shades Red, High Contrast Olive and Orange Aphid make great peeping heads on these flies.
It comes in spools of 5M, I like the fact its on a spool too as this make storing it super easy and much more neater!
all in all I have come to love the Dirty Bug Yarn! It’s multi purpose makes sure you can tie loads of different fly patterns with it. You can buy Dirt Bug Yarn from Semperfli Dealers Worldwide! if you’re unsure where your local Semperfli dealer is, simply get directly in touch with Semperfli and they can send you in the right direction!
In the latter stages of last year Semperfli released a whole new and exciting bunch of fly tying materials. Included in these was Kapok Dubbing.
what is Kapok Dubbing?
Kapok dubbing is a highly buoyant, resilient to moisture and quick drying material. This making it the perfect material for tying your dry flies. A little fact – Kapok has been used before in life jackets due to its superb buoyancy and at Semperfli HQ the team there have ran tests on this leaving it in test baths where its taken days to absorb water.
Using This Dubbing
It has to be noted that when tying with this material it is dubbed on correctly. The best way, and to get the most out of it is to NOT dub it on to your thread like you would with a standard dubbing, but split your tying thread. this ensures you don’t crush the fibers and maximize the floatability.
working with the dubbing is a wonder. its super easy to use with sort fibers make it easy to tease apart, especially when your looking for a more sparse and natural body on your dry flies.
some examples of flies i have tied with this dubbing are below.
This dubbing from Semperfli is available in a dubbing selection box or in individual packets through you local semperfli dealers worldwide!
overall Kapok dubbing is definitely my new favourite dubbing for my river dry flies, with the fantastic range of colors it makes it a definite game changer in the dubbing world!