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Tuesday, 18 December 2018


Video SBS Craft fur Sandeel

Here's a great way to use our Crafty Minnow fur to tie a Sandeel pattern for those Bass!


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Silver Scales Fly Life Hats


Having received several requests for an item of clothing featuring our Fly Life Logo we have commissioned some Stylish Beechfield Sandwich peak Caps with the Logo embroidered onto the front panel.

The Caps currently come in a Bright Royal Blue which we think offsets the Logo nicely. We are open to requests for other colours so Please let us know what colours you'd like to see.

From a practical point of view the Caps will offer protection from the Sun and Wind and even the odd shower. The dark under peak will also provide shade for your eyes and help you spot more fish when coupled with Polarised glasses.

One size fits all with an adjustable Velcro strap at the rear.

Available in the shop now.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Trilobal Hollow Predator fly SBS


The following Step by step is for a really easy and fun to tie Baitfish pattern that uses barely any material making it super light and easy to cast and yet creates a great profile and movement! This fly will translate into larger or smaller versions depending on your requirements.

You will need:

Silver Scales Big fish fibre x 2 colours, Sybai Trilobal wing hair x 2 colours, a bit of dubbing, Veevus 140 thread, some flash and some eyes and a Sakuma 420 hook in your choice of size.

Step 1: Attach your thread about a third of the way along the shank from the eye of the hook. I'm using a 2/0 Sakuma 420 here.

Step 2: Add some dubbing to your thread, I'm using a bright orange and this will show as a hot spot if the fly is approached from behind hopefully triggering an attack!

Step 3: Build a Dubbing bump, the bigger the bump the more your materials will flare later.

Step 4:  Take your 2 colours of Big fish fibre and cut off two lengths of each.

Step 5: Blend them by stripping out a few strands and laying them on top of each other.

Step 6: Tie in a short bunch 60/40 bias towards the rear of the fly, right in front of the Dubbing bump and cinch it down tight so the fibre flares up over the bump.

Step 7: fold the front bunch down underneath the hook and secure. Again cinch it down tight to the Dubbing bump so it flares.

Step 8: Add some longer strands of flash in your choice of colours to form a tail, Silver scales Flashabou is ideal.

Step 9: Now take your first choice colour of Sybai Trilobal wing hair and cut a short bunch, 3 - 4 inches ( longer if tying a bigger fly than me, or shorter if smaller ), and tie it in on top of the fly 60/40 bias towards the rear of the fly.

Step 10: Repeat underneath the fly with your 2nd choice colour.

Step 11: Now fold all the pieces back and secure down.

Step 12: Repeat the previous steps but use slightly shorter pieces of the Trilobal hair but before folding the pieces back split the forward facing pieces into two as below.

Step 13: Fold the split pieces back so they sit down the side of the fly forming the rest of the head and then secure with a thread cone in front of the material next to the eye, this will hold the fibre back keeping it in place and also give a nice rounded profile to the head.

Step 14: Now comb the Trilobal hair, blending the layers into one and shaping the head, note that a little of the fibre will come out in the comb, don't panic this is normal and loss should be minimal.

Step 15: Whip finish and add your eyes and finish the nose of the fly with some Solarez.

The finished fly!

Monday, 10 December 2018

New products now in stock!


Two New products have just landed here at Silver Scales!

We have Supreme Wing hair and Superfine Trilobal wing hair, both from the Sybai Stable.

We really like this new material from Sybai! Supreme Wing hair ( below ), is the perfect material for all Pike and Predator flies, soft and supple with great movement. Fine translucent fibres mixed with a fine subtle flash blend to really make your flies stand out whilst at the same time give your flies a natural appearance. A little goes a long way with this material so don't over do it when using this fibre! Easily creates good volume and profile. Great range of colours.

Superfine Trilobal wing hair ( below ), Another great fibre from Sybai! Bulky heads are very popular on Pike flies because they create a great profile to get the attention of the Predator, pushing plenty of water. This soft voluminous fibre is a super fine synthetic and offers advantages over conventional natural materials commonly used for creating bulky heads. It sheds water easier than natural equivalents and also holds its shape better. You only need a very small amount of this material to create bulk so it goes a long way and is very good value! So easy to use and create the profile you need!

Check them both out in the shop and view the great range of colours available in both materials!

Sybai are renowned for their unique products in the fly tying world and these two are no different!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Saltwater flash hair on sale!

We are currently running a promotion on the superb Sybai Saltwater Flash hair with 20% off a pack.

What superlatives can I use to describe this outstanding material? Simply Stunning!!

Check out the close up detail pictures!

A fine crinkled hair with a flashabou type flash pre blended in for you. Think wing n flash!

Approx 6-7 inches in length.

Soft, supple and with superb movement in the water.

The minute you get your hands on this material you will want to tie with it!

Perfect for flashy Pike and Saltwater flies.

Generous hanks so you will be able to get several flies from one pack.

Use on its own or in conjunction with other materials.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Re stocked and ready!

Many Products are back in stock along with a few new one's!

The ever popular Sybai Ghost hair ( below ) is back in stock with plenty of colours to choose from. This super fine, translucent synthetic hair has many uses for both Saltwater and Pike Patterns.


Our own Silver scales Preyfish fibre ( below ) which is hugely popular is topped up with all colours now available again plus a couple of new one's including Steel blue and Salmon pink. Supremely versatile and again suitable for both Saltwater patterns and Big Pike streamers.

One of our new materials is the Crystal Minnow hair ( below ), this one is going to be great for smaller predator flies. A clear flash and super fine micro fibres combine to create a Crystal like glint to this lovely material.

We have also increased our range of Eyes, Two new 3D eyes in the form of Holo Silver and a 3D Pearl that looks absolutely stunning! We have also added Flat Holographic eyes and some superb looking Neon coloured Zombie eyes that are already proving very popular! All available in a range of sizes.

Plenty of new products in addition to the above are being added in the next few weeks so keep popping back in to check and see what's new from Silver Scales!


Monday, 19 November 2018

New Product Crystal Minnow hair now in stock!

Here at Silver scales we're always on the lookout for new products to bring into our range. We recently came across such a material that really caught our eye.

Crystal Minnow hair is a very unusual product and as far as we know exclusive to us here in the UK. Consisting of a unique blend of microfibers and a clear tinsel flash, this is a very eye catching fibre. The clear tinsel gives the appearance of many tiny Crystal like glints throughout, hence the name. We feel that this fibre is more suited to smaller baitfish patterns if you want to use it as the sole fibre, and it should make great Surf candies and Saltwater patterns, however there is no reason you can't add small amounts to larger Pike and Predator flies to add to the overall attraction, especially if you don't want too much flash in the fly and would prefer a more subtle sparkle. Overall we think this a beautiful looking material and with a little imagination some great looking and highly attractive patterns can be created from this Hair. 10 great colours to start with, many of which are Hot 'UV', and we all know how effective UV materials can be in Predator flies!

Check it out in the shop : https://www.silverscalesflytying.co.uk/product/crystal-minnow-hair/

More great products coming soon!