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Old 01-14-2006, 04:12 PM
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Arrg! Another 'bust' in tieing tube flys with the 'bottle shaped'..

tubes.

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.

Any suggestions??????????
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:44 PM
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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.
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:03 PM
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Fred,

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.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:51 PM
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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.
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Old 01-16-2006, 04:28 PM
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Good call Juro; the simple answers are frequently the best.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:29 AM
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I'll echo smolt's crazy glue recommendation ! Works like a charm.
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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
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