What coating on Chironomids?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by bfic, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. bfic Member

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    Anyone have any thoughts on the best clear "varnish" coatings for chironomids/buzzers bodies. I recently had someone tell me some fish are repelled by Sally Hansens and I read somewhere that some fish are repelled by some superglues.

    Any definite conclusions in this area or just dumb fisherman superstition?

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    I use Sally Hansens or I don't coat them at all
  3. yellowlab Active Member

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    Coat them with Shrimp oil or salmon butter. I know some use Loctite with good luck.
  4. obiwankanobi Active Member

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    I usually give mine a generous coating of Berkley Power Bloodworm spray before heading out...:p

    I coat all of mine with Sally Hansens and I know others that brush on a thin coating of 30 min epoxy for added sheen. I like the convenience of SH and have had terrific days with ties treated with multiple coatings. I would ignore these rumors since once dry, there probably is a detectable smell but once diluted in water, an interested fish will take on sight and motion, not a sniff test.
  5. scottflycst Active Member

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    Obi's right about the smell. Thank God the water fish live in, smells like fish!
  6. gotchasr Member

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    I long ago started using Loctite brush-on super glue. Cheap, stays clear no matter what you do to the fly and with that much super glue your fly will NEVER fall apart.
  7. ceviche Active Member

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    I've used Soft-Tex in the past. Since the solvent is alcohol, it's not as noxious as either epoxy or the acetone in nail polish.

    --Dave E.
  8. DSFlyman Member

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    If I coat them... it is Sally. She be so good to me.
  9. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    I use something called Delta Ceramcoat . It`s a Polyurethane varnish . Great product who`s only downside is that it takes a few minutes to dry . What I really like about it is that it looks like milk when wet , but dries to a nice glossy finish . The milky part is nice to see exactly where it has been applied . That , and the fact that it does not evaporate or thicken up in the bottle . I`m still only about half-way through a three year old bottle , and the products consistency is the same as the day I bought it . And it won`t yellow over time .

    It is available in different finishes , mine is the Gloss .