black cord for articulated leeches

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Paul Huffman, May 9, 2003.

  1. Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    Where do you get the black braided nylon line for tying the two hooks together on a articulated leech pattern? I've been using backing but the only colors I've found backing in are yellow and white.
  2. pwoens Active Member

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    I got a 100' spool for 1.99 from the local army surplus store....it works great.

    ~Patrick ><>
  3. speyman Member

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    I use Fireline, available at any outdoor store.

    Speyman
  4. Surf_Candy Member

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    take a black permanent marker to it until you can get some of what you need.
  5. worldanglr Member

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    I was talking to Aaron at River Run Anglers the other day, and he said that he used to use Firewire for his Articulated patterns until a bass fisherman came into the shop one day and showed him that if you keep twisting the stuff, it comes unravelled.

    Personally, I use the same material I use for my Musky leaders, Spiderwire Saltwater Fusion in 30 pound. If you don't believe this stuff is super abrasion resistant and super tough, try cutting it.

    worldanglr
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  6. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    It comes on spools and is used for bait casting rigs.Or you can use black backing. I don't like the fusion or spiderwire etc since it frays and breaks in this application. I have used other colors of backing and then touched them up with a black marker.
  7. Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    I thought all the spiderline braided stuff I saw at Fred Meyer or WalMart was light colored. And backing always comes yellow or white.
  8. wet line New Member

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    Go to almost any grocery store and they have fabric dye, I think it is called Ritz or something like that. Just follow the instuctions. I still have an aluminum pot my daughter used to dye a sweater and it is still black and that has been 10 years ago. No I don't use it to boil corn on the cob. More like corn beef and cabbage. The Irish don't know the difference after a few dozen rounds. My kind of people.
    Dave
  9. worldanglr Member

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    The Spiderwire Saltwater Fusion is coated with a protective coating on it and doesn't fray, it's designed to take a beating from rocks and other saltwater applications. It is also a dark green color, but I don't think it matters about the color for an articulated leech, you can't see the string anyway. I've also used dacron coated black with a permanent marker, but I like the Saltwater Fusion for it's durability.

    worldanglr
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    Calling Fly Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.
    -Paul Schullery