Perhaps you and @Wayne Kohan might want to see if you can find a different ASB bag. I'm able to stretch the strips I cut and tie onto size 16 hooks and get good tight wraps with the material. I guess not all ASB bags are created equal. Good luck. (Or get what dbk is using.)Curious where you found the ash strips.
My only ASB bag is of a plastic thickness that makes a stiff material, too stiff for me when wrapping