I teach at Swedes Fly shop in Woodinville, Washington
and wanted to contribute a tip on small and very strong
I use 14/0 sheer thread by Hairline. This thread is
all I use from small Dry flies to Atlantic Salmon flies.
This thread is the only thing I use for tying all flies.
I have used and TEACH spinning deer/Elk hair using
the 14/0 thread. One technique I use is to "Rock"
the thread as the thread is tightened on the hook.
This will insure the thread will tighten down on
the hair and make the hair collapse on the shank
of the hook.
I have never added glue to any part of the fly except
the whip finish or on the post on the parachute dry
flies. I guess I'm just true to the old Masters on
that account. I am able to fish the flies for days
at a time (if the fishing is good) other times just
dry them out and fish them again. I tie more only to
pass them out to other Fly Fisherman/Women on the
lakes or rivers. ~ BT
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