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Smoother Floss Bodies (and a Tale of Two Floss)
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

I have always had trouble with floss, my main problem was lumpy floss after wrapping the hook shank. Things I have learned through the years have made this easy, with very nice results.

Many say that when wrapping floss onto the hook shank the thread should either be the same color as the floss, or white thread (which is true). Then the thread wrap should be uniform and tightly packed (but not overlapped) to give a smooth base on which to apply the floss (this is very true, but takes years to perfect). In the mean time here is a method to smooth out the bumps, when you are wrapping floss on a hook shank.

After you have wrapped the thread forward to just behind the eye (doing your best wraps possible), you will attach medium or large flat tinsel (depending on what you have, and the hook shank diameter). Then wind the tinsel to the rear and then back forward.

After you have secured the tinsel wrap behind the eye, attach the floss and then wrap the floss to the rear and back forward. The tinsel smoothes out most bumps and voids in the thread wrap. The tinsel will cover any color thread you used, giving a good base for no color leaking when the floss get wet with use.

One other thing, I am not exactly "Mr. Oblivious," but it was a casual remark in a fly tying book I was reading to finally see the light bulb come on. I use two major brands of Floss, Uni-Floss, and Danville Floss, Uni is a single strand floss, while the Danville is a 4 strand floss. Uni Floss is easy to work with, just cut off a length you need and then re-attach the floss to the notch in the side of the spool.

Danville gave me problems for years. I liked the idea that you could just use various numbers of strands to alter the thickness of the wrap depending on the hook shank diameter. My problem came with how to attach the floss to the spool again with two different lengths of floss, normally I would throw the leftovers away. Also, if the strands came loose, I had a birds-nest of tangled strands. Here is how I solved both problems.

I knot the end of the multi-strand floss when I pull off a length I want to use. I then knot the strands below the point I will be cutting off. I then reattach the knotted strands at the new knot back on the spool.

I cut off the number of strands I need, between the top knot and the lower knot on the spool. If I have any strands left, I just pull out the floss from the spool and rewind the remainder back onto the spool. No bird-nests, no waste. ~ Steven

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