How to Use Poly Yarn for Fly Tying
Poly yarn has long been used in fly tying. A common misconception is that "poly" refers to polyester, but it in fact refers to polypropylene. This material stays buoyant when wet (unlike our wool yarns), which is why it is sometimes referred to as floating yarn. It's great for use on dry flies, but it's not so buoyant by itself that it can't be used on wet flies or streamers.
Here at FlyTyingYarn.com, we sell several different colors of poly yarn, which you can find here.
We plan to make and share our own examples of flies you can tie with poly yarn. Until then, here are some fly tying recipes and videos showing different uses for poly yarn. Each link will open in a new tab/window.
- Simple Foam Caddis (Hopper Fishing blog post)
- Poly Wing Adams (Jim Misiura YouTube video)
- Parachute Poly Wing Fly (InTheRiffle YouTube video)
- Tying a Simple & Effective Poly winged Midge Dry Fly (Makflies YouTube video)
- Poly Wing Rusty Spinner (tightlinevideo YouTube video)
- How to Tie the Poly Caddis Dry Fly (Colorado FisherDudes YouTube video)
Want more inspiration? Just search for "poly fly tying" on YouTube.