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  • #5850

    Scotty MacFly
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    There are many types of thread out there and they each have their own make up. The two I use the most is
    Ultra Thread and Uni-thread.

    I use the Uni-thread the most because of it’s versatility. It is a round core that tightens down wings and hair better. It will also splat hair out better as well. Not only that, but you can twist it counter clockwise and it will somewhat lay flat. If you tie left handed it will unwind naturally and lay flat. Also dubbing clings to it better.

    The Ultra Thread has that shinier look & lays flat. Great for Humpies. Dubbing needs a little more care with this thread to get it to stay because it will slide.

    I am curious about Veevus thread. I hear it’s strong and see it has a different size chart.

    Another I would like to try is Gossamer Silk by, I believe it’s Pearsons. Has any one tried this silk.

    What brands do you use and why. I ask because no thread is the same and they all seem to have a specific purpose.

    Danville makes a good one as well. I saw that its not round or flat but more of an oval. A happy medium between Ultra Thread & Uni thread.

    #5851

    Creek
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    Gossamer silk is all that’s used on spiders. It’s made by Pearsall.

    #5852

    Scotty MacFly
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    That’s why I was interested in it. But I keep reading silk isn’t that strong. And as quickly spiders get eaten up, I’d like to have a little more security in my spiders. I use the Uni-Thread on them now. But I do want to use silk.

    #5853

    Creek
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    That’s always your option. The only way if i’m using the right color is if I use the same thread as they did back in the day. Silk also looks different when waxed or not and when wet of not. It just looks different to me than man-made threads.

    Plus, I might as well say it. It’s traditional. :)

    I’ve never had a problem with the thread breaking. The fragile hackle is the first thing to go. I’ve caught fish with a spider that only had a couple of strands of hackle left. Which just goes to show how sparse you can make the flies.

    #5854

    Scotty MacFly
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    I’m sold. The hackles are fragile, and I go through a few spiders in an outing. Going with silk for spiders is something I could do. But just for the spiders.

    #5855

    Creek
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    Spiders are all you need. 😀

    #5856

    Scotty MacFly
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    Ha ha ha ha. So true, so true. I only tie 2 sizes. Only 14 & 16. That’s all I need.

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