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: Arrg! Another 'bust' in tieing tube flys with the 'bottle shaped'..

01-14-2006, 03:12 PM

Love these things do to their shape, size and built in weight. But getting my thread to hold in place (initially) to tie the fly is driving me up a wall!! 'Tubes' are so slick/polished that getting a grab on them (even with extra wax applied to the thread) is a royal pain where one sits.:mad:

Any suggestions??????????

01-14-2006, 03:44 PM
A couple passes with a jeweler's file where the thread is going first?

Or maybe paint a little head cement and let it get tacky, then start winding the thread.

01-14-2006, 07:03 PM

You can also hold the other end of the thread in the off-hand, wind over it while under tension, then trim close once bound. After that continue to cover up the trimmed end and tie as you would normally from there.

I have them and use them but most of the time just use standard tubes - but they can be slick as well.

01-15-2006, 11:51 AM
Try putting a small bit of Zap-A-Gap or Lok-Tite (sp?) to your thread before you wrap it on. I watched Toni Karuvaara do this during a tube fly tying demo at the last GL Clave. He did not use a knot anywhere on his flies, including the heads. He was, however, using plastic tubes, but I think he said he uses this technique on all tube material.

01-16-2006, 03:28 PM
Good call Juro; the simple answers are frequently the best.

01-17-2006, 07:29 AM
I'll echo smolt's crazy glue recommendation ! Works like a charm.

01-18-2006, 11:59 PM
i do the same as juro i just hold the thread in my free hand

if you ever wrapped a rod its the same thing