If you really look, you may find a few irresistible flies online or at your local outfitter establishment. Most of these flies though are tied on large hooks and resemble terrestrials--crickets, hoppers and adult stoneflies. I contest that you can tie flies at least down to size #18 as irresistibles as well and they are very effective. The big problem is that these pelts can be found in limited dyed colors. You can see in the first photo below the most common colors. But there are enough colors here to tie a multitude of flies including the BWO, Adams, Stingers, Ants, Hoppers, Stoneflies, weighted Streamers and many more. Just use your imagination.
Elk and Caribou body hair make really good irresistible flies. Stay away from other body hairs like whitetail deer, skunk and muskrat. Personally I love muskrat pelts, for they are just about the softest out there next to mink, but these just don't flare properly when stacked and "pulled tight". You can of course dye your own body hair, which I have not yet tried but I may.
See our irresistible tying instructions below. I originally set out to just explain tying irresistible fly bodies, but I thought what the heck, I might as well get a fly out of it. So, I tied a mouse pattern on a large hook so everyone could easily see the results. Actually this type of large mouse pattern is a really GREAT one for bass and large trout. Try it out. If you have questions, please email.
Parachute Wings (Made Easy)
Pheasant Tail Nymph
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