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TinMan 08-30-2000 05:41 PM

Fly falling apart, what can I use/do?
Some flies I use with a sinking line must be dragging on the bottom because the threads holding the dumb bell eyes on are coming apart (and hence the eyes fall off).

Can I coat these with something without hurting the material? Nail polish?

juro 08-30-2000 06:21 PM

RE:Fly falling apart, what can I use/do?
Without seeing it, I can suggest a couple things:

a) you can go for a slightly thinner thread and use more wraps, crisscrossing and wrapping fore and aft to keep eyes straight. A couple drops of zap-a-gap (a common hobby store superglue) will turn it into steel if you have enough of a thread base.

b) coat with epoxy being careful not to load it up too thick to throw off the profile and balance (aesthetic) of the sand eel fly.

c) use quality eyes, I use "real eyes" because they are steel (vs. soft lead) and have a deep vee in the middle. They also have recessed eye sockets to allow sticker eyes (match the diameter w/ clearance) to be applied without glue.

d) watch the back cast, most eyes are lost on the back cast as opposed to the bottom - unless it's a rocky bottom (as opposed to sand or gravel).

e) use a bendback hook instead of weighted eyes to tie the fly - it'll ride point up if you tie in the material correctly. Put more material on the side you want to ride up, especially if it's bucktail or other hollow natural hair. You will need the sinking line to get it down but it will glide on the bottom without snagging.

Hawkeye 08-30-2000 08:06 PM

RE:Fly falling apart, what can I use/do?
I've used fabri-tac, zap-a-gap, epoxy, and sof-tex all with great success. I have also used clear fingernail polish with not as great success. BTW clear fingernail polish painted on your watch face saves it from scratches. When the finger nail polish gets scratched you either remove the old and coat again or just add another coat.

As Juro stated, I bet your biggest culprit in the falling apart fly is the back-cast.

TinMan 08-31-2000 10:42 AM

RE:Fly falling apart, what can I use/do?
Back cast - hadn't even occured to me and you're both probably right on with that. I'll have to look back while I'm casting and watch.

Should probably coat the flies anyway, these are ones I've purchased and they're very nice ones, so I don't want to trash them in one outing.

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