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Old 07-24-2003, 01:37 AM
SparseHairHackl SparseHairHackl is offline
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I deferred for awhile to flytyer's greater experience and fly tying skill. But, being contrary, and being a decent fly tyer myself, I had to test out the Rit on the Schlappen...

I was quite happy with the results. I just used Black Rit, with medium-hot water, left it in for quite awhile--I'll admit I'm not scientific about this--and fixed it with a bit of white vinegar at the end. I obtained a dark, attractive dun. You can get it darker or lighter, obviously, by adjusting the time in the dye bath.

So, while I believe based on fly tyer's suggestion that you could get a nicer color with Fly Dye's Dark Dun, I stand by my earlier opinion. You might be totally satisfied using Rit black.

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