helpful gadgets

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Randy Diefert, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. SpeyRodBeBop

    SpeyRodBeBop Member

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    I use Sally Hanson's as well. Lately, on larger flies I put on a second coat of coloured nail polish--it tends to be much thicker and and gives a smooth, hard, glossy head. I send the wife to check the cheap shelf at the drug store, and she usually spends about a buck per bottle. There are numerous colours available.
     
  2. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    If you use a whip finish tool, here's a cute trick...

    I caught Sylvester Nemes the other day doing a short expo downtown.

    Sylvester takes the non-working end of a whip finish tool, and using the corner of a file, files a deep notch in the end.

    Rather than using scissors to clip the end of the thread when finishing the head, he just uses the notch.

    Works great!
     
  3. sixfinger

    sixfinger Ryan Haseman

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    All I can think of is Don Johnson standing barefoot in two boxes of gravel.

    but i made a dubbing spinner out of two paperclips and a brass fitting
     
  4. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Half inch copper pipe and a paper clip bent straight with heat shrink tubing.

    Been using these two for the last 20 years.

    Daryle
     
  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well seam ripper works well in cutting thread also. Which is what I use to get close to the fly or cut off the trailing thread.

    Jim
     
  6. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    I'm presuming that the paper clib is a dubbing tool but what do you use the copper pipe for Daryle?
    Randy
     
  7. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    A Seam ripper sounds like it would work good Jim, Great Idea, I'll have to give it a try.
    I use a gadget that kind of similiar for cutting Lead. It's a ladies cutical tool.
    Thanks ,
    Randy
     
  8. john drabble

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    This isn't really a gadget, rather a substance. I've found that when mounting married wings, adding K-Y jelly or similar water-based lubricant to the thread almost eliminates friction between the thread and feather. This allows the thread to move over the top of the wing without causing the wing to roll with it. Since using it, I've thrown out of my wing mounting gadgets and just use my thumb and finger with 100 per cent success (so far.)
     
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    This isn't really a gadget, rather a substance. I've found that when mounting married wings, adding K-Y jelly or similar water-based lubricant to the thread almost eliminates friction between the thread and feather. This allows the thread to move over the top of the wing without causing the wing to roll with it. Since using it, I've thrown out of my wing mounting gadgets and just use my thumb and finger with 100 per cent success (so far.)
     
  10. jimmysworking

    jimmysworking Well, at least I'm supposed to be...

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    Great idea with the KY. I'll have to try that one.

    Jim
     
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    john drabble New Member

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    When mounting married wings on classic salmon flies, I apply K-Y Jelly or a similar water-based lubricant to the thread. This virtually eliminates friction between the thread and wing thus preventing the wing from rolling over as the thread loop tightens. The jelly doesn't stain the material either. Water-based lubricants can be purchased at any drug store, although the manufacturer probably never had this in mind for its use.
     
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    john drabble New Member

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    I apologize for clogging up the board. I thought my first message had gone astray.
     
  13. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    I'm going to try that too John. Do you just lighly coat the thread like you were using dubbing wax?
     
  14. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Hi Randy,

    The copper pipe I use to stack hair, clip it put in butt first , put the cap on and about three or four good thunks the hair should be even, if not a couple of more thunks.

    Daryle
     
  15. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    there's a cost saving tool!