How would I secure a piece of round lead onto a hook? Would I put down a layer of thread first? (When I try to wrap it around a hook without first adding a base layer, the lead just spins around the hook.)
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Tying round lead onto a hooklead
Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:27 AM
I leave a bit extra at the start point and press that against the hook with the thumb, wind the lead with touching wraps towards the hook eye, then use a thumbnail to "cut" both the starting tag and the excess off by pressing against the hook shank; after which I start the thread and cover the lead after the first layer of thread I often apply a drop or two of head cement then run another cover of thread.I used to pinch this with smooth pliers at this point to make a "flat" body profile for some nymphs, now I tie them all in the round, only because I'm lazy.
In essence what Poopdeck said.
But, I have also built the hook up with thread some before winding the lead wire, this makes each turn of wire a bit longer and ends up with a heavier fly using the same lead and same number of turns, i don't know how much heavier but it swims different in fast water or sinks a tad faster. Build up the thread and leave it near the bend then do as above except the thread is already in place.
Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:27 AM
stick one end of the wire in the eye of the hook and wrap the wire. once you have enough, pick out the wire from the end with a bodkin and trim both ends.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:16 AM
Most wind lead wire around the hook shank - but being a contrary guy... I've always used short sections of lead laid against the hook shank then wrapped in place with thread (which allows a "keel" effect... and will even allow you to have a keel that inverts the hook so that it rides point up instead of down - particularly useful for bonefish bugs....). Instead of counting the number of turns of wire I go by the number of 1/2" (or 1/4") sections of wire...
Since I'm a saltwater tyer my favorite lead wire is a bit bigger than what freshwater tyers use - typically I'm using .040 lead wire - and I far prefer square lead wire to the relatively flimsy round wire... Finding square lead wire isn't easy but do-able (my last source was Cascade Crest (back when they were Rogue River Anglers - quite a few years ago....). For those who can't find the square lead wire - talk to Pat Dunlop at Cascade Crest - if anyone knows where to find it - Pat will...
Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:21 PM
One lead wrapping tip that has not been mentioned is to flatten the end of the lead before you begin to warp. So when you wrap the lead, a gentle ramp up to the lead wraps will form instead of a sudden jump in fly diameter.
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