by Fly Fisherman

Ribbing of bodies is just that. It is done generally with thread, tinsel or wire but any material such as floss, unstripped quills, etc., can be used. The ribbing material, of course, is secured at the lower end of the body before the body is wound on the hook. The number of turns of ribbing depends much on the fly and the size of the material used for ribbing. Generally the ribbing consists of four or five, seldom more, turns evenly spaced up the body on the average sized fly. Streamers, having a longer body, naturally have many more turns of the material.

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