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cement and thinner tips for our beginners
Posted 30 October 2003 - 02:47 PM
Head cement comes in various consistencies, forms, jars, bottles, and even tubes. I prefer a small jar with a wide flat bottom. But what do you do when the jar starts to run low and you have to tip the jar to get the cement you need on your tool? Easy. Add a few marbles to the jar. This adds volume to the cement and will raise the level of the cement so it is easily reached and you don't have to tip the jar. This will greatly reduce the risk of spilling the stuff and ruining everything on your bench.
If you want to thin your cement, follow this simple tip: use an eyedropper. A glss eyedropper, which can be bought at any pharmacy for mere cents, is the perfect tool to add thinner to your head cements. Work slowly with your thiner and add only a few drops at a time. Be patient and stir well after each drop and you will have the perfect consistency you desire. Adding thinner with the dropper defianetly keeps you from doing something stupid, like trying to pour the thinner directly into the cement....I had one hell of a mess the first time I tried. Brainfart? Call it what you will, but the eyedropper is by far a better soultion.
Play nice...Big Daddy loves ya
Posted 30 October 2003 - 04:27 PM
What are your thoughts about head cement adding unwelcome scent to a fly? I try to use it only on flies that really need it for some reason, like shaping legs or if I'm using thick thread on a Bass Bug or big Clouser or somethin'. I really don't know if it's made a difference in my catch rate, but it's a few seconds saved and I haven't had any flies come unravelled except for one that I knew was badly tied and used anyway. (I hate to waste!)
Adventures with Fish!
Posted 30 October 2003 - 04:49 PM
Posted 30 October 2003 - 05:01 PM
Fingernail Polish, see what I'm talking about guys!
Posted 30 October 2003 - 08:07 PM
I don't agree that the scent of head cement will cause a fish to refuse a fly. The arguement for this originated with Permit fishermen. I went to Mexico a few years ago and I tested this theory, by cementing all my Crab flies. Here are my results;
8 hook-ups, 3 Permit landed and NO Refusals. I think that if a fish is in feeding mode, it'll eat anything that resembles their food.
Posted 30 October 2003 - 08:16 PM
Posted 30 October 2003 - 09:59 PM