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Re: Does it have to be "fly" thread?

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Well, I have anough to knit a kevlar glove then.

Why do they sell Kevlar for fly tying if it's that hard on tools? Just for tying bodies?

Posted on: 2012/7/7 23:06


Re: Does it have to be "fly" thread?

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joseywales wrote:
Why do they sell Kevlar for fly tying if it's that hard on tools? Just for tying bodies?


The link I posted explains it. In short, it's primary attribute is high strength. If you scroll down that article, you'll see a comparison chart for various tying threads - note the breaking strength of Kevlar. Strong stuff, but pretty unfriendly to work with.

The new(er) GSP threads are even stronger, but you have to cut it while under tension. It's also very slippery on the hook shank.

Posted on: 2012/7/7 23:26
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Re: Does it have to be "fly" thread?

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joseywales wrote:
Why do they sell Kevlar for fly tying if it's that hard on tools? Just for tying bodies?


The link I posted explains it. In short, it's primary attribute is high strength. If you scroll down that article, you'll see a comparison chart for various tying threads - note the breaking strength of Kevlar. Strong stuff, but pretty unfriendly to work with.

The new(er) GSP threads are even stronger, but you have to cut it while under tension. It's also very slippery on the hook shank.


Gotcha. Family just went out, so I'm pouring through that article now.

Posted on: 2012/7/8 14:20


Re: Does it have to be "fly" thread?

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The biggest use of the high strength threads is to spin deer hair on bass bugs or saltwater flies. To get a real tight deer hair bass bug it helps to have a real strong thread. Trout flies very rarely need the real high strength material.

Back 50 years ago or more when fly shops were a very rare thing most people just got their thread from a sewing store. Of course it was silk back then. One had to be very careful starting and tying off the thread to keep the fly spare (see Leisenrings book on soft hackles) - it's a lot easier with modern threads.

Posted on: 2012/7/9 11:26



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