Tungsten thread?

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  1. Kaiserman

    Kaiserman Phil 4:11-13

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    i bought some from performance flies but haven't tried it out yet. someday
     
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    No but I want some now
     
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    Hmm... It doesn't appear to come in any colors other than black?
     
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    Kaiserman Phil 4:11-13

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    Not right now it seems... but I'd wager to bet that it will.
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    I haven't tried it, but it's a neat idea. Although, knowing myself, I'd probably leave it on my bobbin and start tying dries with it.
     
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    Oh the images I have right now of those flies and the river side ensuing fits!
     
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    I just read about in the 2014 J Stockard Catalog...it's highlighted on the BUY list. :)
     
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    Just a thought. Does tungsten have stretch? I remember when we tied flies with silk. Silk was very strong but didn't have much stretch to it. Silk would also rot easily because it is a natural material. When nylon came along we were thrilled. It held the material in place because it stretched. I have been wondering, I haven't used them, but tungsten and kevlar thread probably don't have much stretch, therefore they might not hold the fly tying material tight to the hook as well as nylon.
     
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    Kaiserman Phil 4:11-13

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    My kevlar thread doesn't have any stretch, and I doubt the tungsten does either.

    That being said, I don't think its uses will be to hold material, as much as it will be for ribbing on chromies and such (i.e. aesthetics)
     
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    Just ordered some, I bet they are wondering what is causing an uptick in purchases from the PNW.
    I am pretty stoked as I really have a challenge with weighting wire and the bulk it adds. I will be using this as a base layer and like Kaiserman said, ribbing.
    Looks curious and fun!
     
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    how much tungsten thread will you need to equal a 1/8 inch tungsten bead?

    how much weight will there be in 3-6 wraps of ribbing? ribbing with tungsten thread will add an insignificant amount of weight

    the fine tungsten thread is .004 thousandths of an inch in diameter

    the extra fine tungsten thread is .002 thousandths of an inch in diameter
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    The whole roll I have is hardly heavier than a couple beads so I'm not convinced that it's worth while. Maybe if they could make it thicker.


    "Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know that he cannot eat money."
     
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    If it was thicker you may not be able to wrap it

    Similar to wrapping a guitar string around a hook shank
     
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    Just got mine in the mail, I ordered some to see what the hub bub was all about.
    I used it as underbody weighting on a #14 nymph.

    Human hair sized (for the "fine") and very stiff. The extra fine is like...wow...tiny.
    Minimal weight but I could see it as an adjunct to other weighted bits for a slight overall increase, especially on tiny flies.
    I do see a use for it for me as even the smallest wires leave awkward lumps and transitions sometimes, no matter how careful or skilled you are.

    I am always open to trying new materials and this will have a place on my bench.
    Thanks for the heads up on this

    Never stop experimenting!

    Dave
     
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