Many fly patterns both classic and modern call for raffia,
a material harvested from a species of palm tree generally found in Africa, Madagascar,
or Central and South America. If you don’t have any on hand, Semperfli's Swiss Straw is
a tremendous synthetic alternative that easily substitutes for raffia in any fly pattern.
Use Semperfli Swiss Straw for convincing wing cases, segmented scud backs, and even
emerger wings in both caddis and mayfly patterns. Semperfli Swiss Straw is available
in ten useful colors.
The Semperfli Raffia is very strong, almost impossible to tear crosswise, but can be easily separated
lengthwise. Always cut out the required amount with scissors, don’t tear it! By twisting your prepared
Swiss Straw strip in the middle you will find it a lot easier to tie in place. Fix Swiss Straw with
figure-8 wraps behind the eye in the spent position, and then pull backward and wrap the base, use
tent shaped Swiss Straw for sedge wings or flat for spinner wings or standing up for mayfly wings.
You can also use Swiss Straw for nymph wing cases on stone flies or the backs on your scuds and
Czech nymphs. You can colour or make mottled patterns using permanent markers making this a
highly versatile material.
Swiss Straw Summary
Semperfli's Swiss Straw is a tremendous synthetic substitute for raffia in a host of artificial
fly patterns. This fly tying material is perfect for wing cases, scud backs, and emerger wings
in both caddis and mayfly patterns. Semperfli’s Swiss Straw is available in cream, green, grey,
yellow, hot pink, baby pink, jade, black, orange, brown, red, sky blue, dark blue and straw colours.
- Synthetic substitute or replacement for raffia
- Great for wing cases, scud backs, and emerger wings
- Colors: cream, green, grey, yellow, hot pink, brown, red, sky blue, dark blue and straw.
- Caddis Emerger