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Just got some five minute epoxy at the recommendation of Charlie Craven's book. I'm glad I did...I really like Fly tying. It's fun...I'm gonna experiment with a bunch of new patterns so I'll be sure to share. I used red, yellow and green thread for this one but I'm gonna try a bunch of different color schemes. I shall call it the fire opal chironomid...









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Cool looking fly! I'm not sure if you've used them at all, but I'm hooked on using UV resins instead of epoxy. I just like the ability to move things around without having to worry about things setting up. Plus I'm not a big fan of the odor from epoxy, but that's my own thing. :thumb:
 

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I second the UV resins over epoxy. They have done some pretty cool things with the different types/viscosity.


I'm on board with you guys 100. However, the uv stuff is pricey. I looked into it and the kit was like $50 whereas the 5 minute epoxy was like $17 for two decent sized constituent bottles.


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Hopefully I'll get into that sooner rather than later but right now i need other stuff


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One nice thing about the UV products are you do not get the air bubbles or cloudyness. When mixing the two products avoid lifting your mixer out or folding the products trapping air bubbles in the curing mix. Going slow and careful with the mixing will help.
 

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This is where you thank Bugz for the good advice, Whomp.....that's a $$ tip.
 

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I also started with the epoxy per Craven's book. Worked with it a few times and got frustrated with it. I just bought a cheap uv light and hit it longer than I think I need to in order to get a good cure- that will help cut cost down.

Good advice from Bugz, also make sure you have a piece of foam or a wine cork to stick your bugs in while they cure out so you can move on to the next fly. I would tie up 4-6 and try to work through them all with one "mixing" of epoxy...that didn't last long.

Glad to see some posts in this section, it is definitely that time of year.
 

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So.. here's the part where you thank Ft. Collins Catcher and Bugz... as both have given you very good and helpful advice.
 

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One thing I do with my uv resin - I don't worry about how long I hit them with the light, just enough so they aren't sticky, then throw em into the sunlight.
 

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Another dozen chironomids out the door....



Im discussing a deal with a company to supply flies and instructional videos on tying them so we'll see how that goes.


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I was just looking through this and read where you mentioned the 50 dollar kits and such. I bought my UV glue at Sportsmen's...Don't remember the price, but not too bad. Got my UV light at Walmart...Just a few bucks. Be wary of buying too many things from certain retailers. Sometimes it's considered a specialty product and you will be charged accordingly.
 
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