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Larva Lace and other body materials

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I have a nice supply of different types of dubbing, tinsels, floss but have no Larva Lace or anything similar. Where can I pick some up other than TCO in Reading? I don't seem to be able to get there as much as before with my new work schedules. Anybody know if French Creek Outfitters carries this or should I do the internet order thing?

Posted on: 2008/2/17 9:50


Re: Larva Lace and other body materials

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Ive ordered it online, as 99% of my materials. $8.50 for 5 packs off store sellers on ebay. I would actually suggest stretch floss, alot cheaper and give pretty much the same segmented body look.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 12:33
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French creek outfitters has declined IMO. They are more concerned with stocking firearms, paintball supplies, and clothing. Their selection has been poor the last few times I went. They will order stuff for you, but you can do that yourself online.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 12:52


Re: Larva Lace and other body materials

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http://www.fortackle.com/

they call theirs micro tubing...Free shipping...I really prefer the round stuff like this or larva lace over the flat or half round like Swannundaze....

Posted on: 2008/2/17 13:07


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Yea, i guess it depends if you want price over eye appeal or not. Heres a few flies i grabbed to compare, not really accurate because the stretch floss is wrapped around the shankand the larva lace is weaved. But you can still tell that the larva lace will give a bit more buldging 3d look then the flat stretch floss.

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Well, in our travels today we got to stop at French Creek Outfitters and, true to the posts, they had minimal at best. Guess I have to wait till Tuesday and hit TCO if in Reading. I miigiht as well wait till Thursday after the auto deposit and order off line.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 16:31


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I like he larva lace because its 3-dimensional...if you wrap it tightly you can make it flat...if you wrap it with less tension it is thicker...thats why I like it...I'm not sure where price is an issue...they cost about the same...

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You get like 10x as much for the price tom. Atleast from where ive bought it, and i look around for the best price too.
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for $6 compared to $8 for 5 packs of larva lace which doesnt even allot for half of one of those.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 16:37

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that looks like krystal flash

this is the half round (schwunandaze)


this is the tubing
(larva lace)

They are what Cabelas sells rather then the actual bronds in parentheses

I also have packs of larvae lace from 10 years ago...

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Yea, looks flashy from the flash, but nope, its stretch floss as it says on the pack. You must of bought alot of it then(the larva lace)?

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They can call it what they want. its not the same material I was talking about or anything even slightly similar to larvae lace...

and i bought one pack/color...I did buy some small tubing that actually came on spools which I have used up but you only use 2 inches of it on a fly...

Posted on: 2008/2/17 20:05


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Ok I looked around to see what exactly "stretch floss" is...Its craft material...its the stuff they used to make lanyards from at summer camp...Its very similar to the flat Schwunandaze I mentioned. The larva lace I have is round tubing...I'm sure if I looked for a craft store substitute, I could fins a huge bulk deal as well. But as I have not had to shop for it in many years I haven't found the need. My only point is that I like the round tubing much better than the flat or d-shaped stuff...I think it looks better. Thats all.

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If you want a real bargain, read the first post on this thread

I wasn;t aware that larva lace made the flat stuff all mine is round and hollow tubing...the flat stuff I have is all called something else...

Posted on: 2008/2/17 20:24


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I bought and tried every type of plastic tube type body material I could find. For me the D type material seems to work the best. I tried Larva Lace and don't particularly care for it.

Tom, I always thought of schwunandaze as that opaque material we used for lace when we went to summer camp back in the day. If we are talking about the same stuff then it's different from the D rib I use. I think Hareline makes one of the materials I use. It's similar to the plastic that bass worms are made from.


The "schwundaze" I use is good for stonefly nymph bodies but not much else (in my opinion).

Posted on: 2008/2/18 8:05


Re: Larva Lace and other body materials

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tom the lanyard stuff is not flexi floss but swannadze..flexi floss is a flat stretchy rayon. the lanyard material can be used for a swannadaze sub. Larva lace is a soft vinal tubing that can be filled with wire or fluids, cool flies then..

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