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    I was just watching a guy tying a sea trout fly on YouTube and he used luminous glo floss to create a butt. I'm interested to hear people's views on incorporating luminous materials. Is it worth it / does it make a difference to the catch results?

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    Not that sure when ,but lumi flies were being pushed some 20 or so years ago .They dont seem to have stayed the pace .
    the lumi floss and back in the day a lumi plasctic sheet (as mentioned by Dick Walker) needed charging with a bright light source.
    Then there were the wee truly luminous elements ,I had a watch with them stuck to the hands using those .
    sadly never cought on them ,and got side tracked into salmon and lochfishing for seatrout which is mainly a day time pursuit .
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    My own thoughts are that it might be a psychological thing..rather like Jungle cock...in the case of the latter, an on-going argument yet..

    Some will swear that the addition of a certain material will double their catches, but the truth probably is that it is more of a morale confidence booster than an actual certainty...of which, there are none in fishing.
    If you are casting well and fishing confidently, then you are probably more attuned to the environment, pick up takes more readily and don't get depressed when there are none.

    I always remember something that Norsy once said; that sea trout don't necessarily need-that is to say, depend upon vision as we do and are quite capable of finding their food in the dark, either by vibration waves, i.e. disturbances in the water sounds, or possibly by the pattern in the electro-magnetic field around them. If they can find their food under or in the sand of estuaries at night, they certainly don't need "attractor" elements that are highly visible to the spectrum range of the human eye!
    Some of my best fish have come to virtually all black flies on really dark nights, often in dirty water, with perhaps, just a little silver tinsel ribbing-and that was only put on either to humour the tyer, or to enable the body material to be held more securely.

    I like to give anything new a try-out and have used day-glo wool and thread, luminous beads and just about everything that the advertisement for will tell you, will improve your chances and have to honestly report that I haven't noticed neither improvement nor otherwise. Neither do I find that one type of (fly-type) lure is necessarily more deadly than another. Fly lures are all things to all anglers and will all catch fish on their day.

    Some of the more modern, fine dubbings have a remarkable amount of subtle sparkle to them, which will certainly be noticed, but whether they actually induce a fish to take-or deter one from doing so is a very debatable point which can only be answered by the individual there at the time.
    If you do catch a fish on a certain fly/lure having lumi-floss or anything else added, ask yourself the question:- ..Would I have caught it if the lure did NOT have it in the dressing? and the answer will probably be "probably".

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    JJ uses a hot orange and green butts on his small doubles and has been for many years.

    I use fluro green/orange to a fair bit on my B270 doubles.probably copied him I did quite like it

    Dai Jones has been using lumi beads on a few of his Waddingtons that he ties.

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    This florescent thing is a ball of contention, some say yes some say no, I'm halfway house with it, I have flies in my box with a touch of the stuff and only a touch and have caught fish on these.
    Watermole mentioned Norsy, he was a very good mate of mine, God rest his Soul. The pattern that is mentioned in the 2019 River Wear reports is a joint creation with Norsy, it has a small subdued glow area incorporated. Norsy was full of knowledge when it came to things that lived in the sea, anyone who went on a trip to Denmark many years ago may recall Norsy showing us what shrimps looked like at night, thousands of darting blue lights in the clear Baltic waters.
    Like I said the fly we concocted after hours of trials is a shrimpy sort of thing, not to life like, but with enough about it to encourage ST to check it out, the pattern actually did get more interest after the addition of the subdued glow. May I add that it is a bluish glow that worked the best.
    Having said this, it might be the 2 other underbody materials that are the trigger factors. I hope to give the subdued glow patterns a swim this year after a pretty long lay off.
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    When the river is finning down after a spate and there is still some colour in the water it's quite surprising how well the fluro butt on a small B270 double looks.
    Definitely stands out.

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