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I need some advise. I finish my chironomids with a coat of "UV KNOT SENSE" and treated with a UV light. The finish hardens immediately but it leaves the fly with a greasy ( for lack of a better word) almost tacky feel. Commercial flies and others I have seen come out smooth as glass. Now I have had the knot sense for a couple of seasons so maybe it's getting old but I now there are other products out there. Any suggestions as to what might be better and where can I get it before I run out and buy some more "UV KNOT SENSE" .

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What you are describing is "tackiness".
You have a couple of options for dealing with it.
1. Set your patterns out in the sun to finish the curing that your light didn't accomplish.
2. Wipe them with rubbing alcohol.
3. Throw a coat of Sally Hanson Hard as Nails over the UV cure.
4. Buy Silvercreek's cure and light and not have to deal with tackiness in the future.
Hope this helps.
SF
 

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Try Silver Creek but also don't be scared to try most of the modern (last 2 years) formulas. Most UV resin has become much more refined over the past couple of years and most major brands produce a decent hard, non greasy, non yellowing finish. I've had recent success with Loon Flow, Deer Creek thin, Clear Cure Goo etc. I find the thin formulas work the best for putting a nice finish on chironomids with one coat. Also, spend the money and buy the Loon UV Mega light. One quick zap and you are done. It's a little pricey but I've found it well worth it after messing around with tiny little pencil lights etc.
Finally have a look at the flyfishfood website. They do a nice review of most of the major UV resins in one of their blog posts from a year or so ago. That should help you narrow it down and find a brand you like.
 

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Be sure to see how your finished fly looks underwater. Several years ago, I bought Ralph and Lisa Cutter's video, "Bugs of the Underworld." They show what actual trout food bugs look like underwater. A very handy source for making comparisons to what's being imitated.
 

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Silvercreek, Silvercreek, Silvercreek, Silvercreek. Oh and you might want to check out Silvercreek's resin.
Other than this one, Silver Creek is a good one too.

Seriously, if you haven't tried it.... you're just crazy!

I've actually used it to repair a gash in my type V sinking line, just 30 ft from the end.

That part of the line is either constantly shooting through the eyes of the rod, or being stripped or reeled in with a fish on.

It's on its third year now....still holding up.
 
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