Fly tying with Jello

Written in 2015, but thought we would share this again.  Ever use Jello to dye feathers?

Feathers dyed with Jello, saltwater fly fishing, fly tying, delaware, sussex county
Feathers dyed with Jello

Yup, you read that correctly.  Now I am sure you are thinking,
you can’t even glue snot to Jello, much less tie it up or put it on a hook.  So how do you tie flies with Jello?  Shawn Rakes showed me a book this Saturday (2015) at the Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware’s fly tie Saturday meeting, of feathers that are dyed with … wait for it .. Jello.  I know people have started dying their hair with Jello to get those crazy colors, so it only makes sense to see this move into the fishing industry.  Like everything else in craft and beauty product stores that are sought after by fly anglers.  My nieces just threw out a few barbie dolls, I shaved the heads for the hairs to make flies, hopefully they won’t notice, I mean they did throw them away.   I might bring some in for the boys next weekend, the hairs not the dolls. This weekend many of them are going to a fishing show up north in Jersey.  We need some fishing expos in Delaware we don’t have any cool fishing shows like they have around the east coast.  Anyway it was interesting to see these dyed feathers and what could be done with them for the colors, which were everything under the rainbow and then some.   It was a fun Saturday hanging with the club and filming them for the upcoming Delaware Surf Fishing Outdoors and More TV show that will air March first.


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Fishing is limited to tautog and some are still heading south for striped bass or rockfish.  You can check in with the Rehoboth Star at the Indian River Inlet for fishing trips.   We have a new fish ID page and are daily adding new species to the list.  We are lucky that Delaware has such a diverse amount of cold and warm water fish throughout the year to catch.   Don’t forget to take our beach access survey to help give the parks an idea about how to fix our overcrowded beaches in the summer season.  This is an informal survey and DSF will compile the information and post it on the tenth of February and present it to the state.   We also have a air station survey the state did ask us to put out there to help them decide which air stations to upgrade.  We also added a section about adding light to more remote areas for safety concerns from many of my female fishing friends.   The only other fishing going on is for white perch in the tidal creeks, sloughs, and rivers along the Delaware Bay.  Have a great week.

Fish On!!

Rich King

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