Well, the weather outside is abominable so I figured it was a good time to do some prepping for steelhead season — which includes tying up a whole bunch of Yarnies. That, of course, gave me the perfect opportunity to try out some of Steelhead Stalkers’ new UV yarn. I’ve actually been anxious to tie with this stuff for quite awhile and just hadn’t had the opportunity until the deluge outside started. Here’s what I found…
Steelhead Stalkers claims theirs is a premium grade of yarn that is super soft and is dyed and treated with a UV finish that will never fade…all properties that make it unique. The first thing you’ll notice when you bust this stuff out, however, is the size of the yarn is much different from the stuff you’re used to…
To the touch, Steelhead Stalkers yarn feels a lot like fine cashmere (the things you learn when you’re married!)…in other words, it is extremely soft. When I started tying with it, I found that that made it super easy to cut, which I really appreciated when it came down to the trimming part of the process.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve no doubt heard that UV is the biggest craze in fishing right now. I honestly have not spent a whole lot of time playing with stuff that’s UV treated versus lures that aren’t, but the research and anecdotal evidence from anglers I know all suggest that it’s pretty legit. The basic gist is this: while humans don’t see UV light, fish (& birds) are able to view it…even when colors from the regular light spectrum peter out in deep or dark water. It stands to reason, then, that in the case of steelhead fishing, a UV-treated Yarnie would be more visible to a fish in darker water. That’s one of those things you just kinda have to take my word for. Here’s how UV yarn looks to a fish…
Okay, so after tying up a hundred plus Yarnies with the Steelhead Stalkers yarn, I can say that it is much easier to work with…it trims up nicely and doesn’t require much effort to cut. But how does it look in the form of a steelhead offering? Well, underwater, the stuff fluffs out great and has an extremely life-like, vibrant quality to it.
And I think the soft fibers of this yarn are more buoyant than other brands. It took some doing to get this thing to sink in my test tank. Check out the air bubbles caught in the fibers.
Really, how much different does this look than an nice bait of natural eggs and some skein snot?
Overall, I think I’ve found my new favorite egg and Yarnie tying material in Steelhead Stalkers UV Yarn. It was easy to use, looks great in the water and floats really high. The yarnies came out much more “full-bodied” and held their shape better than ones I’ve twisted up with other yarns. As an added bonus, the fluff from all the trimming didn’t seem to stick to my clothes as much as the other yarns. This is pretty sweet stuff…the only drawback being is it’s a bit more expensive than other yarns. While packs of both the UV stuff and other brands all are around the $3 range, I blew through a lot more raw material when using Steelhead Stalkers than the others. But, when you’re talking a better overall product that could help me catch more steelhead…who cares?
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