While reading the latest post on Jack Lindra's blog Grayling on the fly, http://graylingonfly.blogspot.com/2011/11/order-clearly-spoken.htm , I was reminded again of how important it is to look at other sources for interesting fly tying materials.
A while back I went into a embroiders/sewing shop to look for coloured threads and found the metallic threads pictured below. The lady who ran the shop was curious to know why I wanted embroidery threads, and was most shocked when I told her I was going to use them to tie flies to fish with.
Two containers of metallic thread. The spool of silver in the bottom right hand corner of the container on the right actually belongs in the container on the left. The missing colour is a beautiful shimmering dark green, found after I took the photos.
Different shades of gold, a silver, red, blue, green and copper/bronze.The thread is very fine and useful on small flies. Double it up for bigger flies.
The colours in the container above have a bronze/copper tint running through all of them.
Each reel has 200 meters of thread, more than enough for a lifetime. Composition 60% Viscose and 40% metalliss. Extremely strong.
Metallic Miadeira, made in Germany.