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Wax for Fly Tying
By Marvin Nolte


I came across a subject on the bulletin board at FAOL, regarding Wax used in tying flies. Hans Weilenmann knew the person Scott of Boulder was inquiring about. I contacted him, Marvin Nolte, and he was kind enough to share the following. ~Parnelli
I make many waxes: tying waxes, dubbing waxes, and finger waxes, varying the formulas to fit the tier's needs. There is a definite difference between dubbing wax and tying wax, and finger wax. Though you can use my tying wax to aid dubbing procedures, it was designed for other uses. Uses for which dubbing wax is not suitable.

Before bobbins, tiers waxed a length of thread then commenced the tying procedure. This waxing prevented the thread from unwinding if tension was released. My tying wax duplicates this old cake wax. I use it when tying in hand, and for certain salmon fly techniques that are facilitated by laying down an adhesive base. Dubbing wax, while apparently tacky, is too soft for these applications

This is tying wax, it is easier to apply if warmed slightly. I keep it in my shirt pocket while tying. Holding it next to your tying lamp for a few seconds will also work. If you want a softer wax you can reduce the Rosin and increase the Castor Oil proportionally. Rosin is what makes this wax work. If you reduce the Rosin, do so judiciously.

Here is the formula for my Tying Wax. The percentages are by weight.

Formula 721C

    70% Rosin (ordinary violin bow, pitcher's mound, rosin)

    20% Beeswax

    10% Castor Oil


A Dubbing Wax, should you wish to refill an empty tube. The percentages are by weight.

Formula 514C

    50% Rosin

    10% Beeswax

    40% Castor Oil


I make a Finger Wax, that has a small but enthusiastic following. Some folks don't like to put dubbing wax on their thread but do find dubbing easier if their fingers are a bit sticky. For them I make the following.

Finger Wax

    15% Rosin

    30% Beeswax

    5% Castor Oil

    50% Silicone Paste Floatant

This is poured into a small tub. A quick wipe, with the forefinger over the wax, the dubbing is easily and tightly applied to the thread. ~ Marvin
Thank You Marvin. I for one will be heading out to get the ingredients, and start making my own Tying, Dubbing, and Finger Waxes, and using them at the Tying Bench. ~ Parnelli


Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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