On the Hunt Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn?
Fellow fly tyers search no further! After months of scouring craft stores, rummages sales and the internet … I managed to commandeer a nice selection of Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn in the perfect colors for your favorite saltwater patterns, but supplies are limited so act quickly!
It’s no secret that Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn is one of the best materials ever manufactured for emulating saltwater crustaceans.
The sad news is that Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn is no longer being manufactured.
When it was it was produced in a variety colors including several shades of cream, tan and brown which are perfect for shrimp and crab imitation. Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn was manufactured in several different material blends as well, however the one that works best for this application is the 100% Polyester.
Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn does not have a substitute. Many people use Antron yarn as a replacement but Antron is much more stiff and does not have the same sparkle.
Pick Up Your Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn While Supplies Last!
Available in 15 Colors: Black, Brown, Tangerine Orange, Flax, Light Avocado, Grass Green, Antique Gold, Hemlock, Burnt Orange, Natural Cream, Beige, Malt, SP. Green, Lical Purple and Steel Gray
100% Polyester – Each card contains 21′ of Yarn
What make Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn so awesome?
I love this stuff for its translucent sparkly appearance in the water but also for it’s incredible durability! It’s stiff wiry texture that allows you to create much wider profile flies that don’t flatten out when wet like other synthetic materials. Its perfect for saltwater staples like Tarpon Toads, Snapping Shrimp and Merkins, and I like to spin several colors up in the blender for a ultra realist dubbing blends. It can even be substituted for the wool in Bauer’s Crab Pattern!
Capt. Steve Baileys Snapping Shrimp– Click for pattern SBS
The most notable advantage to dubbing the yarn fibers in a loop, is that this technique provides a wider, fluffier base of fibers that can be sheered to a more lifelike shape. By trimming the tips of the dubbed fibers, they stand up perpendicular to the shank of the hook as apposed to a single strand of yarn with all the filaments wound in the same direction. The thousands of exposed fibers trap air which helps the fly land more softly on the surface of the water as well as imparting the fly with a crunchy feel that Steve feels is more appealing to crustacean eaters like bonefish and redfish. This “crunchy” texture gives the fly a more natural mouth feel when consumed and the fly is rarely spit by finicky tailers.