How to Shock Macrame Yarn for Fly Tying

How to Shock Macrame Yarn for Fly Tying
Macrame yarn has become popular for use in fly tying. It comes in a variety of colors to match any number of flies and is typically broken down into its strands for use. This makes it last a long time. The yarn is easily found at craft supply stores such as Hobby Lobby, Benjamin Franklin or Michael's. It is sold in bundles and is fairly cheap. All this makes it a good option for tying flies.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Macrame yarn
  • Fine tooth comb, preferable metal
  • Scissors
  • Sharp pointed object such as an ice pick
Step 1
Cut a section of macrame yarn anywhere from a couple inches to half a foot, depending on the use.
Step 2
Soak the yarn in floatant before going any further if you will be using it for dry flies. This will aid the finished fly in floating.
Step 3
Unbraid the bulk of the yarn and break it apart, using an ice pick or other pointed object. It is best to start on an end. Starting in the middle can stop the tool short.
Step 4
Comb the strands with the metal comb to pull them completely apart. You only need a small portion for a single fly, so a section of yarn can last a long time. If you are unsure where to find a metal comb, try the pet section of a store.
Step 5
Pull out the quantity of strands you want for a fly and put the rest away. It is best to your strands in a sealable container so that they don't get tangled or lost.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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