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  1. I am looking for fly tying thread, 70 or 140 denier, that will maintain its color when coated with UV or head cement. Does such a thread exist? When tying some Perdigon flies and shad flies, I was looking for a bright red collar with some "pop". When I applied UV cement to the Wapsi Ultra Thread 140, the color dulled and disappeared. For grins, I tried a couple wraps of some old "A" size rod-wrapping thread, I believe it was Gudebrod "NCP" (No Color Preserver) thread from when I built fly rods many years ago, and it gave me the color contrast I was looking for and it remained very bright under the UV cement. Sadly, I am about out of that thread, plus "A" thread is tricky to use on a size 16 fly to manage bulk. Does somebody make a thread that does not dull when cement is applied? Here is a photo of the same Perdigon thread-body fly, tied at the same time, one with red Ultra Thread wrapped over a black Ultra Thread body and the other using the "A" size rod wrapping thread over the same Ultra Thread body You can see the Ultra Thread does not show any red, except if you look closely you can see a small piece of the tag end that did not get trimmed tight. The other thread, which I am would like to buy more of, is bright. This photo was taken in direct sunlight. I bought some rod wrapping color preserver to try, but it's difficult to keep on just the head, it's an extra step, and it only worked so-so. What do you recommend to maintain bright colors under UV or head cement?
  2. I have been tying flies for my 2nd year now more exclusively. As of this moment, I feel I am more of a tyer than a fly fisherman. Been out twice only fly fishing. In the past, I would tie about 20 some flies for the whitebass run and walleyes in Spring in WI and MN, but these flies are fished with a spinning setup. Being a member of several Facebook groups and meeting people on the river and stores, I always ask the following questions when others share of their catch: What size was the fly? What color was the fly? Was it weighted? Typically, when people post pictures of their catch or their fly, if it sparks my interest, I am usually the first to prompt those questions being that I am still learning. I do not see many asking those questions, hence am I rude or without manners when I ask those questions? I consider myself a largemouth bass fisherman as well. It is somewhat of a taboo to even inquire about the lure and especially the lake or location on the lake where the monster bass was pulled from. I understand this "rule" and always wonder it, but know it is not too polite to ask especially how every lake and body of water seems to be a secret lake. Another reason why I ask the questions is, I have not done enough scouting the water for insects to know what the insects look like besides what I see online of real pics and flies made to mimic it. For example: I finally found my first caddis larvae last weekend when I caught my first brown trout. The caddis was brown and a size 24. Doing a typical google search, most caddis's are green and usually tied on hooks 12-16. With this knowledge now, I feel like I wasted time and money tying green caddis flies in size 16 when the real one sample that I found can be better matched at size 20-22. Considering all of this so far...is it rude or impolite for me to ask those questions? Just want to know if there is an unspoken boundary.
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