More On Synthetic Floss Material, AKA Sexi-Floss, etc.

I just did a bit of checking. Following up on my recent post, Quill-Bodied Sulphur Duns…here’s the deal with this material. We’re talking about the stretchy material that is made by DuPont. It’s kind of crinkly, and has a sheen to it. It is also very translucent. It makes excellent synthetic quill bodies for mayfly duns and spinners. It is superior to any natural quill material I know of, in that it is less expensive, comes ready-to-use with no stripping, bleaching, preparation, or dyeing. It is durable. One six-inch strand will tie abdomens on ten to twelve flies. It floats, lending added benefits to dry fly patterns.

Orvis formerly marketed it as Flexi-Floss. They discontinued it.

Spirit River still has it – marketed as Flex-Floss.

Cascade Crest still has it – marketed as Dyna-Floss.

Montana Fly Company still has it – marketed as Sexi-Floss.

Cascade Crest has the most colors, with 22.

All these companies are dealers and sell to fly shops. Bob Marriott’s Fly Shop stocks the Spirit River Flex-Floss. Chris Helm, owner of Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies in Toledo, Ohio, stocks the Montana Fly Company Sexi-Floss in six or seven colors. That’s about all you really need, unless you want to get into the reds, pinks, purple, chartreuse, etc. Remember that you can vary the thread color of your under-bodies, and get a number of different shades of the finished bodies on your flies.

Chris took his on-line catalog off line, but you can speak directly with him when you call to order: 419-843-2106.

9 comments on “More On Synthetic Floss Material, AKA Sexi-Floss, etc.

  1. Kelly L says:

    Don, sounds great. Thanks for the heads up. It can also be referred to as Super Floss according to the Cascade site. I am gonna have to try some of this. Thank you!

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Kelly;
      I know it was also Super Floss, but I couldn’t find the company that called it as such. I thought a little clarification was in order. 😉 Thanks for your comment!

  2. Jon Andrew says:

    Don: Really been enjoying your postings. Trying to hear up and wondering if there is a south-central PA stream or river you would recommend, willing to accept fewer fish if there are fewer people. Little J and Yellow Breeches, etc. seem to be crowded. Any ideas? May try to get up to State College some time this summer.

    Hope you are doing and feeling well.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Jon;
      Spring Creek is normally crowded when the sulphurs are on – which is now! – but in the last few years, more sections of the stream have been opened to the public. The McCoy dam was removed in ’07, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Spring Creek Trout Unlimited have done stream improvement work there, in the form of log veins, rock deflectors, etc. It opened up about 1/4 to 3/8 of a mile of previously unfishable water. Plus there is a new parking area where the dam used to be, off PA. Rt. 144 north of Bellefonte. There is three miles of water between Bellefonte and Milesburg, all good and accessible.
      The Benner Springs section off Shiloh Road is very popular, but from the upper parking lot gate at Fisherman’s Paradise, there is a little over two miles of stream accessible only on foot or bicycle. Plus, the formerly closed US Federal Prison Property in the middle is now open. Finally, the section in Fisherman’s Paradise that used to be No Wading, starting above the slack water section at the upper parking lot,has been approved for wading. All these changes have added about 1-1/2 to 2 miles of “new” water on Spring Creek.
      If you are willing to walk a bit, or be like I was with my fly tying class guests last Friday, and just be lucky, we had the Graystone Section below the Paradise all to ourselves. One of my favorite sections of pocket water; tons of rising trout to sulphur duns. And we had a 1/4 mile section of water to ourselves. Give it a whirl!
      Thanks for your comment and glad you enjoy reading my blog!

  3. Bruce says:

    Hi Don! What colors of the Dyna Floss or Flex Floss would you think covers most of the dry flies?

    • Bruce says:

      I guess you recommended 7 colors would cover the spectrum?

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Bruce!
      Nice to hear from you! You need amber (sulphur orange), olive, gray, tan, and brown. You could also get the white or cream, it can then be used say, over pale yellow thread for a good looking Light Cahill quill body. Or Green Drake Spinner bodies, also over pale yellow or perhaps light olive thread. Chris helm has 7 – 8 colors of the Montana Fly Company Sexi-Floss in stock. Remember that the colors of the end result can be quite variable depending on the thread color used underneath. And I always make a two-layer thread base over the material. Let me know if you have any more questions.
      I am definitely going to have to block out some time before too long and start making videos of some of my tying patterns and precedures. These flies would be a good place to start. 😉

  4. Bruce says:

    Hi Don. I just wanted to let you know that Hook and Hackle also carries the floss.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Bruce;
      Sorry it took me so long to reply. I just found out this week that Mike Hogue, owner of Badger Creek Fly Tying in Freeville, New York, near Ithaca, carries 3 – 4 different brands of this stuff. He does mail-order.

      Thanks for your comment!

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