head cement woes

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by James Mello, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Isn't it though? Probably about the same as a woman might expect in a fly shop.

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  2. Skilly

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    Ouch,,,,, sticking those straight pins in my eyes always hurt like $#%$^

    Seriously just go buy the Sally Hansen Hard as nails. Cheap durable more coats make the head more shiny, but one coat will seal the thread.

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  3. gooseblaster

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    Anyone know if they still make pharmacist formula. (no thinning formula)
    This, I liked the best of all and now am almost out of the last bottle.
    Never has got thick with age and can build a good gloss with several coats.
     
  4. bulltrout19

    bulltrout19 ever see a fish fart?

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    one way I have found to avoid the ol' needle in the eye trick...while the cement is hardening...run the remnants of a saddle hackle feather through the eye of the hook...it pulls the excess cement out. and its scrap so you dont have to worry about waste. also a huge fan of the sally hanson hard as nails...good stuff.
     
  5. Charles Beaver

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    I have found that if I put a little of the head cement on as I am tying prior to my final touch on the head works for me. but that just me
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  6. troutaholic

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    I use Sally Hansens as well, it seems to pentrate the threads better than regular head cement. If I need a glossy head for my larger saltwater flies I put a drop of 5 minute epoxy on the head....
     
  7. Smalma

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    Like most I used to use clear finger nail polish (cheap is good). However for the last decade I have stop using any head cemenrt at all - just a double whip finish (hand tied) and am good to go. Seen no difference in fly life and one less step in the tying process.

    Tight lines
    Curt