Overall: 4.4 / 5 based on 15 reviews
14 of 15 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Use this for a collar -
By: fishng1 from TX
I create a dubbing loop and use this for making a collar so as to have something a bit different on my fly pattern. Great flash.
Angel hair -
By: JASfisher from fishing Michigan and Pennsylvainia
For folks with bad eyes or large finger, or both, this product is challenging to use, especally if your tying smaller flys, size 14 and smaller. Its small size (tiny & narrow) makes it hard to see and handle. Its almost certainly great for use with larger size streamers, which I will use it for after tying these little nymphs that I'm tying now, size 14-20's, maybe 22-24's as well. If your a waste not want not type of person you may feel frustrated with the waste involved with this product. The price is right so its all good. Beyond all that the reflective nature of this product is just wonderful and will be a great fish catcher whatever type of fly that you will be tying. I have a decent supply of this material so I will use it up as I own it and wont toss it or sideline it to a drawer somewhere. I figure that when I finish using it all up and finished figuring how best to use it I most likely will have mastered the material.
Made of real angels -
By: TNBud from Smoky Mountains, TN
Top 25 Contributor
This stuff is beautiful. I've tied several streamers with this and am totally sold. I will be purchasing many more colors. Looking forward to tying some bonefish flies with this. Only downside is it is a little messy, but totally worth it.
Good product -
By: Alain from New-Brunswick, Canada
Used it for Striped bass flies. Gives a very nice look to sand lance flies. Nice effect in water. Difficult however to handle and fixe to the hook.
Great product -
This stuff ties great into streamers. Seems like the smallmouth can't resist when more subtle materials aren't catching.
Messy Flashy!!! -
By: JimmyK from Washington, DC
Awesome stuff that moves and flows like magic. But what a mess it makes. I have used this on bait fish that have been awesome chasing Tarpon.
Good addition to my fly tying box -
By: Malky62 from Dundee Scotland
Top 1000 Contributor
Never used this material before, I used it as a under hook at the eye end of the hook as a possible strike point, not field tested yet tho,
Heavenly Hair -
Fantastic product, really soft and mobile, produces amazing movement in the water. It's really fine so doesn't add too much bulk as you tie it in. Already had several nice pike on flies tied using this material!
Good stuff -
By: Adkmumbles from Adirondacks ny
Really like this angel hair for big pike flies ! Just wish there was a bit more in a pack and wasnt so messy!
|Hot Flash Minnow|
Holographic Angel Hair Smokes 'Em in Saltwater or Fresh
Recently, during a conversation with fishing buddies, the question, “What is the most versatile fly in your fly box?” came up. I was very surprised to learn that the unanimous choice of three of my friends was the Hot Flash Minnow, designed by well-known angler and fly tier Andy Burk. If you are unfamiliar with the fly, it is a realistic streamer pattern tied almost exclusively with Angel Hair, one of the best new fly tying materials on the market. Their logic as to its versatility was quite simple: The fly looks and acts like a live bait fish in the water – and every gamefish eats bait fish. That logic made sense to me, so I bought a few flies and decided to try them on my next outing.
My next outing was a float trip down a large tailwater river. The turbines from the dam up above had been running all night and the river was full of 2 - 3” shad that had washed downstream. Big brown trout were stacked up in the slack water, gorging on the cripples struggling on the surface. The splashes of trout powerfully crashing bait fish were a sight to behold and we quickly positioned the boat so that we could cast to them. Remembering my vow, I tried the Hot Flash Minnow and cast it toward the trout. Cast after cast resulted in a hookup with a heavy trout, while my friend failed to hook up with his zonker. Thinking that this a fluke, we switched rods and he began to catch fish on every cast. While he was having a ball, I changed fly after fly and only was able to entice one fish to eat another streamer. Despite the feeding frenzy we witnessed, it was amazing how choosy the fish were.
I’ve witnessed this situation while fishing in saltwater several times. For example, stripers feeding on small bay anchovies, herring, or silversides are often very selective of even the subtlest size and color differences. When fishing small flies for stripers, I prefer a fly tied with holographic materials that flash a wide spectrum of color imitating natural bait fish in a variety of light conditions. Few flies imitate a natural throughout a variety of light conditions — the subtle holographic qualities of the Hot Flash Minnow perfectly achieve this. I’ve found that the shad and shiner patterns (although designed for freshwater trout and bass) are ideal color schemes to match the majority of small bait fish in both fresh and saltwater.
The 1/0 Anchovy and Mackerel patterns are great for stripers, bluefish, tarpon, snook, and a variety of other saltwater gamefish. Unlike many large bait fish patterns tied with rigid synthetic materials, the Angel Hair construction of the fly allows it to move seductively with an undulating motion. I’ve found that this subtle movement can sometimes trigger fish in an inactive or neutral mood to strike the fly. Usually these takes are very soft, so its important not to strike too aggressively – all that is necessary is a continued strip of the fly until you feel a heavy pressure, then take a powerful strip to set the hook. Although named Anchovy and Mackerel, their color schemes and light reflective properties represent the majority of bait fish of similar size. This makes the fly pretty darn versatile and qualifies it as a “go to” fly when you’re in doubt of what color scheme to use or what bait fish is most prominent. Looking back to the conversation with my friends, I now understand why they singled out this fly.
It truly is a fantastic all-around bait fish imitation for both fresh and saltwater. Give it a try in both fresh and saltwater this season. I think you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was.