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Re: Is head cement needed?

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And Festus makes his triumphant return in 2012!

Posted on: 2012/1/4 13:07
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Re: Is head cement needed?
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Answering the original question anew: no, not necessary, sometime worth the additional trouble.

Recycle all you can. I have harvested rusty flies from trees because the beadhead was untarnished.

I will usually repair a bad fly if possible, or will demote it to my bluegill box. Eventually or if needed in a pinch, I will dismantle a fly in order to gain the hook. I often turn dries into nymphs and maybe add a little pizzaz in the process.

I have even attempted to reverse engineer a fly from the Feathered Hook that was magic.

Posted on: 2012/1/4 14:43
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ryguyfi wrote:
And Festus makes his triumphant return in 2012!


Thanks Ri. Been a long road back. But I have my place in Florida, and have my place in Tioga County, and I'm free as a bird. I'm good to go. Even off the insulin and can drink a few of these

Posted on: 2012/1/5 14:56
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I have even attempted to reverse engineer a fly from the Feathered Hook that was magic.


Shoulda saved the fly and asked me for the recipe.

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You should make the JAM this spring. I've always enjoyed your literary genius and would enjoy meeting you as I know others would too.

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Re: Is head cement needed?

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You should make the JAM this spring. I've always enjoyed your literary genius and would enjoy meeting you as I know others would too.


Maybe this year. I have the Kettle Creek Summit in May. Just might be able to squeeze in the Jam to.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 15:09
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hey. just wondering but, i got some dubbing wax, the sticky stuff, and it mysteriously dried out. can i apply it likke you would hard wax, or do i need some new stuff?

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I prefer it to be very very very very tacky. IMHO, for a few $$$$, you'd be better off to buy another tin. Might be a trick to getting it tacky again, but I don't know it.

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nealfish wrote:
hey. just wondering but, i got some dubbing wax, the sticky stuff, and it mysteriously dried out. can i apply it likke you would hard wax, or do i need some new stuff?


That strikes me as a bit odd. What brand was it? I have some dubbing wax that has to be over 30 years old and it is like new. There really shouldn't be much in the way of volatile components.

If by hard wax you mean tying wax or cobblers wax, and you are asking if the hardened dubbing wax could replace the hard wax, I think it would be best to use the real stuff. the ratio of soft wax to rosin is different, and I would guess it is unlikely that you would get the same effect. I really like to use a bit of tying wax when I'm starting the thread on the hook, or tying in hair. It seems to add just a bit of traction to the thread that makes the tying easier. You can use it to the thread before a whip finish, but don't do his if you plan on adding head cement as it will prevent the cement from penetrating the thread. I'm going to be making up a batch of tying wax in the next week or so and would be happy to send you a bit if you PM me an address. A little goes a long way.
Mike.

Posted on: 2012/1/5 20:29



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