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Swiss silk threads

Many of the first fly patterns were made with silk as the tying and body material.

Silk is still one of the most beautiful materials for fly tying, because silk has a subtle lustre all of its own.

Beeswax also turns silk into an excellent, water-repellent body material.

The very thin sewing threads were initially produced in black and were widely used. They were therefore used as tying silk for fly assembly - and thus gave rise to the - false! - opinion that the heads of flies must be black.

 

The Swiss traditional Zwicky silk thread brand is an integral part of the history of fly tying in Switzerland.

We still have a few original spools and offer them at moderate prices to the top tyers who are true to the historical model.

Zwicky

Zwicky advertising poster
Artist: Jean Walther
Year: 1940
Size: 128 x 90.5 cm / 50.4 x 35.6″

Zwicky

Zwicky Iris

Iris was the fine silk thread from Zwicky.

Makes you tying beautiful fly bodies with a subtle lustre.

Original spools, 50 metres, various colours.

Farbe/ couleur/ color

Iris was the fine silk thread from Zwicky. Produces beautiful fly bodies with a subtle lustre.

Original spools, 50 metres, various colours.

We have multiple other, even some very rare spools of Zwick Iris, Zwicky Flora and Gütermann silk threads in various colours in stock. Send an email with what you are looking for/ your requirements to sales@swissflies.ch.

Prices are subject to negotiation and depend on the rarity of the colour, the condition of the spool and the filling level.

Mouches de Vallorbe (1924)  407 detail

Bickel CDC 407 (1924)- made with Zwicky Iris 597

 

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