Dyes – Notes and Tips
First a shout out to Gary Tanner, who details how to dye fur and feathers for fly-tying on his blog “The Rivers Course“.
Like Gary and most other serious fly-tying enthusiasts, I bought many of my acid dyes from Dharma Trading, and use Dharma’s Brand, as well as those produce by Jacquard.
Harder to find, but can produce vibrant oranges is Fly Dye, which I bought from Anglers Workshop and believe is rebranded from Orco. I also use dyes from Pro Chemicals.
I have found Veniards’s inconsistent, so though I can highly recommend Veniard’s head cement, I cannot fully recommend their dye. There are some coloura, I may rebuy.
Similar to Veniard’s, SuperFly also repackages dye to the fly fishing community. To date, I have been happy with SuperFly, but unfortunately SuperFly is not easy to find.
Last, as reported a few months ago, I have picked up my Mother’s Cushing’s Perfection Dye stock, and very happy so far what I have used. These Cushing Dyes are more subtle and natural (versus saturated brilliant colours from Jacquard, Dharma, et cetera that I have acquired).
What is my tip? Keep with the dyes a white hen cape (feathers) and with each batch dye a couple of feathers, dry, identify and bag them for reference. In this way, you will have a record of what the dye will do, as names are so inaccurate when describing what is produce.
Oh yes, include a feather that was in the dye bath briefly and then over an extended period, which should be near complete absorption.
My collection to date, in a container with my dye kit.
And some blues …
And my notation is to list manufacturer and their identification for the dye …
- C = Cushing’s Perfection – http://www.wcushing.com/acid_dye_color_card.htm
- D = Dharma Acid Dye
- F or Fly Dye from http://www.anglersworkshop.com/
- J or Jac = Jacquard Acid Dyes
- P or Pro = Pro Chemical Wash Acid Dyes
- S for SuperFly
- V = Veniard
Written by raspberryfisher
2017/02/01 at 04:30
Posted in Fly-Tying
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