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MickT
03-15-2011, 11:38 PM
Tying a couple of ChemE's BUTs (Big Ugly Tellico) got me thinking. Why do I treat a small piece of tail feather with nail polish at a time? So, I got out the spray can of laquer, and now I have an entire feather of wingcases, hopper wings, etc ready to go. Super cheap and fast compared to painting a case at a time. Laquer is important b/c it dries in less than 15 minutes. I don't know how it will hold up fishing, but I only treat the feathers to make it easier to handle.

GrouseMan77
03-16-2011, 08:52 AM
MickT, did spraying the whole wing case make it difficult to get the exact amount of material you want for each individual shellback?
I've been tying the shellback in, coating it and giving it a few seconds to dry.

MickT
03-16-2011, 09:56 AM
I find it easier. I can slip my bodkin between the barbs and seperate the exact width I want, then cut it to length. The barbs won't seperate, flair, or twist when I tie them in.

How do you avoid soaking your dubbing with head cement if you're coating after you tie in?

narcodog
03-16-2011, 09:59 AM
I have been doing that for about thirty years, it works great. Hold the fibers together and makes it easy to separate them when cutting the fibers. Just don't spray to much on the feather. I also use it on goose and duck quills.

GrouseMan77
03-16-2011, 10:04 AM
How do you avoid soaking your dubbing with head cement if you're coating after you tie in?

I use Sally Hansen Hard as Nails (nail polish) and its pretty easy with the little brush.