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Old 09-06-2009, 12:14 AM
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I read today about some flies being tied with hot glue as opposed to epoxy. I've never tied with either, but happen to have a glue gun... I broke it out tonight and was really impressed with how utterly horrible I did at the vice. Any suggestions on tying with hot glue? Also, how about that EZ Shape as an alternative?

This is for bonefish biters and similar patterns.

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Old 09-06-2009, 08:53 PM
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For bonefish bitters I found it easier to make the blanks and then tie in any tail material. Tie in the bead chain eyes and then take the hook out of the vice and place on a piece of wax paper. Makes it easy to shape the hot glue and it doesn't stick to the wax paper.

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Old 09-07-2009, 12:40 AM
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Thanks

The Wax paper may be just what I'm looking for. thanks.
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You can also wet your finger to make sure you don't burn yourself and help shape the glue. I also use the tip of the gun to take away material after it has hardened after the initial application.

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Take a hook, put it in your vice, make sure you have a rotary vice.
Tie in some eyes.
I like to wrap a bit of flashy stuf around the front part of the shank, or take colored tying thread in the color you want. Then put on some nice drops of hot glue on the colored part and dumbell eyes.

Now the best trick I know is take a lighter and hold it far underneath the fly. Start rotating the vice and the heat of the lighter makes the hotlgue melt into a drop shape. When it's the shape I want I just let the fly drop in some ice cold water or my beer.

After you tied a bulk of body's, you tie in the feather/hairy stuff, don't do that earlier, cause the heat of the lighter will burn/damage all the hairy/feathery things.
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:40 PM
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Rio UV Knot Sealer

I ended up using some Rio Knot stuff... basically UV Knot Sense. I think they turned out pretty good. Need a coat of Hard as Nails when they are done though.

I tried to insert an image, but I don't think it's working...
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