Traditional Atlantic Salmon Flies
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By Bryant Freeman,-   Riverview New Brunswick Canada -The Medway Fisherman
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2011
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This page and the pages under it give instructions on Dyeing Processes for materials used in Tying Flies

SPECIAL DYES FOR FLY-TYERS  Below is the Veniard List of Dyes Highlighted are the Traditional colors used in Artificial Fly Manufacture.

GREEN OLIVE
 MEDIUM OLIVE
BROWN OLIVE
GOLDEN OLIVE (hackles)
DARK OLIVE
OLIVE DUN
DUN
MOLE
GREY
BLUE DUN
{SLATE)
BEIGE
IRON BLUE
GINGER
SUMMER DUCK
FIERY BROWN (Seal Fur and Hackles)
CINNAMON
SIENNA
DARK BROWN
BLACK
 
BRIGHT YELLOW (Goose Shoulders and Hackles)
 YELLOW (G
OLDEN)
 HOT ORANGE (Goose Shoulders and Hackles)
 SCARLET  (Goose Shoulders)
RED
 CRIMSON  (Hackles and Goose Shoulders)
LT. CLARET
 DK. CLARET (Hackles)
 
MAGENTA (Hackles)  
PURPLE
 KINGFISHER (Goose Shoulders and Hackles)
 LT.
BLUE  {Cambridge)
BLUE (Teal & Blue (Goose Shoulders and Hackles)
  DK. BLUE
BRIGHT GREEN
 DK. GREEN
 
INSECT GREEN
 GREEN HIGHLANDER  (Hackles and Goose Shoulders)

Red Fluorescent
Orange Fluorescent
Yellow Fluorescent
Green Fluorescent

 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

First clean the feathers by soaking in any good detergent  Sunlight liquid has been my preference for years.  (Waterfowl feathers must be soaked considerably longer to allow penetration of the natural oil coating). Rinse in warm water. I soak duck feathers for a day before dyeing.

Dissolve the dye in boiling water using a quart of water to about a quarter of a teaspoon of dye. Stir thoroughly until completely dissolved, then add one tablespoon full of vinegar (to fix colour).  It is not necessary to measure the vinegar, or the dye but approximate amounts are shown. I put my dye in the water before the vapor comes off it as the vapor will carry the dye to your nostrils. Most of my Dyeing is done outdoors.

BLACK & DARK SHADES SHOULD HAVE A MUCH STRONGER DYE BATH AND PRO RATA MORE VINEGAR.

Put in feathers to be dyed and return to the boil and simmer gently keeping the feathers moving all the time.

All dyes are a mixture of 3 colours so it is essential to allow all the colours to penetrate to obtain the desired shade. They do not fix at the same speed so with­drawing the-feathers too soon could result in the totally wrong shade. You can get a very good idea of what the shade will be, by watching the quill or by holding up a single feather before the light. (Bear in mind feathers appear much darker when wet).

  Remove feathers from dye bath and wash in cold water. Press between cloth or paper to remove most of the moisture. Goose Shoulders and Swan Shoulders should be placed in a Pillow Case and put in a Clothes Dryer, at medium heat, allowing them to dry, When they are taken out, cup them for a day or two and then place in bags. If feathers are unruly and have not been packaged or stored  properly, sets can be removed by placing over steam or putting  back in pillow case re soaked and dryed again.

Orange is a very easy dye to take hold of the fibers, over dye Black with orange to take the blue hue out of the feather.  Wear Vinyl or rubber gloves, you do not need the dye penetration into your system. Had 7 tumors removed from my bladder and I believe it was caused by dye abuse.

To bring hackles etc., back to their natural brilliance, they should be dried with a hair Dryer then placed between a few sheets of Newspaper for several days and pressed with a book on top of them. Do not over dry. stem needs some moisture to remain pliable.

These directions also apply to furs, wools, etc. For materials such as animal hair on the skin I ensure they are  pre-washed with Sunlight Dish detergent., then rinsed out and inserted in the pot.  Animal hair is tricky to dye, but most hair if it is not hollow can be brought up to heat and even boiled for a time to get deep penetration, but for hair which is hollow, care must be taken that boiling does not take place, as it will flatten the hair take the air out of it and make it difficult for spinning.  Deer Belly Hair and Caribou are ones which care must be taken.  It should be inserted first in a bucket and soaked in soapy water, then removed and soap washed out, it then can be put in the dye bath, bringing up the heat to about 170 degrees, swish hair around to get all the dye in the hair, remove heat and let soak, then add more dye and bring to 170 degrees, and then let soak for half hour with heat off, it will gather the dye as it sits. It takes hollow hair about three weeks to dry, but if a fan is used it drys much quicker. Hair when dyed with heat process, the skin will get hard, there is no way to avoid this. if you do not like hard skin, then you will have to use another process.

Green Machine color is obtained by using a green dye preferable Chartreuse, or fluorescent green and mixing it with A light blue dye until what the tyer thinks Green Machine color is.


There is also a new dye on the Market which I have been having Remarkable Success with it is Jacquard Dyes. A google search will find the Dye, Use the Acid Dyes for Feathers and Furs.

Dyeing Fluorescent White Chenille to Green Machine chenille is Jacquard Brilliant Kelly Green several tbl spoons, and cupple table spoons of Jacquard Teal, bring to boil and then stir for 1/2 hour letting cool. Use Vinegar to set. Also works well for deer hair to get the right shade of Green machine, it might need a little tweaking to get the right shade. If necessary you can also use Emerald green to start but you must use the teal to get the right shade of green.

 

 

 


 


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