I've been monkeying around with some glimmer chenille lately; It's brilliant stuff. I'm having a devil of a time trying to identify it's trade name, and the manufacturer of the product. I've found a couple of sources that look close the the product, but I'm not positive if it's the real thing or not. They sell the product at Sportsman's Warehouse, but $1.50 for two yards of material doesn't cut it for me. I almost used an entire card last week. I need a skein of this stuff like a fat guy needs his BBQ.
Glimmer chenille is very similar to estaz, crystal chenille, and polar chenille. It's wrapped on the string a bit sparser than most chenilles, and composes the right amount of mylar/flash and nylon fibers. The width of the fibers is smaller than cactus chenille. The fibers tend to lay flat when wrapped on a card, so it makes for great pseudo hackle when palmered on a hook. I love the look of peacock herl, but herl fibers are so fragile. The glimmer chenille is quite durable and hardy, and makes beautifully full thorax sections and collars.
The sparse fibers on this chenille reminds me of a scraggly mustache. Picture Pedro Sanchez. I tied a up a few dozen Copper Johns with the glimmer chenille in place of the peacock herl for the thorax. Somehow, the moniker Copper Juan, just seemed to fit. Here's a few photos of the pattern, utilizing a light tent that I'm experimenting with.
I also like the look of the glimmer chenille for thorax sections on caddis pupa patterns. Here's a couple versions of Fox's Poopah caddis nymph pattern.
These patterns should fish well. Cheers!
- the roughfisher