I came up with this technique by chance. I really hate
wrapping thread around weighted wire. The thread disappears
between the weight wraps, spreading the coiled weight.
It seems to take forever to coat the weight wrap, and
if you turn the hook over, the bottom of the weight wire
is still bare. This is how the technique works.
For me this seems simpler, quicker, and covers the weighted
wire completely. ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite
- Lay your base threads on the hook, and wrap the
weighted wire over the base thread.
- Run the thread from the rear of the weighted wire
to the front, and do one wrap around the hook shank returning
thread to the rear of the weighted wrap. This will cause an
X pattern on the side of the weighted wire.
- Repeat the "rear-to-front-to rear" wrapping, covering
all sides of the weighted wire with X-patterns.
- Now wrap the thread forward and back, laying a base
over the X-pattern that will give the thread support to cover
the weighted wire.
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