Tungsten thread?

#9
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.
 
#10
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.

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)
 
#11
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!
 
#12
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
 

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
#13
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.


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#15
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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