Guest Blogger & FOM Tyer: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

I’ve noticed photos of the new Frenzy Fiber from Just Add H2O and from what I could see I thought it might be a nice streamer material, but it’s always difficult to know just by looking at photos. So I ordered some and put the stuff to the test.

Frenzy Fiber is a very finely cut shiny synthetic material that is super light weight. I began by tying a baitfish pattern and it worked great! On this particular pattern I just started at the back of the hook near the barb and tie in Frenzy Fiber. The Fiber comes in a hank and is about 8 inches in length.


What I usually do if I am tying a baitfish pattern with synthetic material is grab a small amount and hold it up to the fly to roughly measure what length I will need and cut it. Then I hold it in one hand and pull on the various ends to make them uneven and make them look more natural when tied in. I then tie the material down in the middle and fold it over. I do this while working my way up the shank. I tie on the top and bottom of the shank. You can lookup baitfish fly tying on YouTube because it contains a lot of videos that show how to tie baitfish style streamers. Frenzy Fiber worked excellent for this application though. I’m sure baitfish patterns were one of the primary reasons behind the creation of the material.

Just to clarify, the head of the baitfish is FrankenDub Monster Dubbing and if you are wondering what the dark green material is over the top, it’s peacock herl. If I would have had a darker color of the Frenzy Fiber, I could have used a sparse amount of it to go over the top. It is just something to add to the contrast of the fly and possibly make it more attractive to fish.

At the time I was beginning to use Frenzy Fiber,  I was working on a little dragonfly popper. I used Rainy’s Bass Pops for the head and Dragonfly bodies for the tail. I really love the color of the Fire Tiger in this material, so I wanted to be sure to use that color in a fly. So I used it as a wing coming over the middle of my dragonfly popper. You could also use the material to make a veil over various bodies of flies. Tie it in reverse and pull the fiber back over itself and over the body of the fly. This will create a veil affect.

Anyway, I had a material already tied in to prop the Frenzy Fiber against, so I just kept it simple and tied in a hank of material over the top of my fly to create a wing of sorts. I was happy with the results and it gave the fly interesting color.

I also believe this is a material that you could blend into other materials while tying a streamer with positive results.
Actually, you know what would also be a very effective way of using this material? A Clouser Minnow. Use Frenzy Fiber in place of bucktail and I think it would work extremely well and would be highly durable.

Oh and if you are wondering if this material absorbs water, it most definitely does not. It doesn’t have any trouble at all shedding water.

If you are wanting to try out a new streamer material on your flies then Frenzy Fiber would be at the top of my list right now. I plan to incorporate it into many more of my patterns.

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