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12-13-2003 08:00 PM
flytyer Feiger,

You have found the gest way to finish the head short of using a coat of 2-minute expoxy on the head, which is a real pain to use on small heads. And you have also found the secret to keeping a fly together without using excessive thread wraps on the head.


The Griffin's Thick Head Cement is a medium viscosity cement. I use and have been using Rumph's Head Cement (another medium viscosity head cement) for years. The key is using two coats of the medium viscosity head cement, of which there are many on the market the brand name of which is unimportant. If you don't want to use a solvent-type head cement, you can use Loon's Hard Head polyurethane cement.
12-12-2003 08:46 PM
natrix -

Thanks for the compliment! having much fun with these things.
head finish - am using two coats of Griffin's Thick head cement. have been really happy with it. first coat does a really good job of soaking into the thread and making a good solid base. the second coat fills in all the bumps and crevices from the thread and makes for a nice glossy look to them. am really happy, also, with how this particular cement really brings out the color in the thread.
have experimented with griffin's thin head cement. the bonus is alledgedly it soaks into the thread much better, but it takes 3-5 coats to get the smooth glossy look. suppose you could use the two in sequence. thin first, then thick to seal the deal.
to take care of the soaking in problem, i usually dap a drop of cement on the head portion as i am securing the collar/throat stem, the hackle wing stems and the crest and "eyes" if i use jungle cock nails. haven't had a feather or head fail as a result. of course, the thinner cement could probably solve that as well....
oh well, it works!
12-12-2003 05:22 PM


Very Pretty fly. I really like the died GP for the tail. I just bouht a good supply and Im going to dye some of it. Also what are you using for a finish on the head. Very nice job on the photo also.

12-11-2003 08:11 PM

You will never know if you don't try it!

12-11-2003 02:39 PM
Jim Miller Beautiful!
Do you think Salmon River (NY) steelies would like one of those for Xmas?
12-11-2003 02:22 PM
striblue Bueatiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12-11-2003 10:10 AM
Sunset Special -

Newest creation from the bench... was thinking skykomish sunrise, and changing the colors to add some dark tones to it. throw in the purple, lilac and pink guinea. and walla.... colors remind me of central oregon sunsets.... didn't feel appropriate to "skykomish" the name as originally intended, since i've yet to fish that holy water... hopefully this spring...
anyways, enjoy--

Recipe - Sunset Special
Hook - Alec Jackson/Partridge Bartleet, favorite size (this is on a #2 bartleet)
Thread - Orange 8/0 uni-thread
Tag - Medium width gold tinsel
Butt - Orange floss, 1 strand wrapped over gold tinsel from the tag
tail - GP crest with died red GP tippet fibers
Rib - Gold oval tinsel, w/ counter wrapped fine gold wire
Body - Orange Angora or Seal
Hackle - Medium size Dark Lilac BEP hackle, palmered length of body, plus 2 wraps at collar/throat
Throat - Hot Pink Guinea body feather
Wing - 2 pairs hackle tips, from opposite sides of the cape, concave in
Topping - GP crest, tip to tail.
Cheek - optional, Jungle Cock eye


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