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Old 08-18-2006, 06:01 AM
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I have been tying some striper like flies for early kings here in the GL's. Deciever type stuff with epoxy head covering the eyes. Seems no matter what I do, the whole fly loosens from the hook and spins around the shank after a dozen or so casts. Very frustrating, what can I do?
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:27 AM
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Sounds like insufficient thread tension?

Are you laying down a firm bed of thread on the shank before you start the tie?

What type of thread are you using?

Good thread tension and wax are big helpers.
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:33 AM
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Adrian said it well.

SW flies eat spools of thread for breakfast. Don't spare it.

Adding zap-a-gap delays the tie due to wait time but secures the under-wrap.

Tubes are a good way to go for kings. I fished ocean run kings hard in my dozen years in Seattle. What a blast.
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:49 AM
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Soundz like a case of...

Foundation slippage...
What Adrian & Jurosan said...Spot on...

Especially for larger phlyz...
It's a good idea to start with a base of tight tread wraps and a some head cement...

To enhance durability...
As material is secured over the foundation wraps, applying head cement along the way will minimize any slippage/unravelling and yield protection should the tread be compromised by sharp teeth or breakage.
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