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 Post subject: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:28 pm 
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Brown Trout

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Chris Helm first sent me down the road of using gel spun thread for spinning deer hair. I still don't have the spinning thing mastered, but I do like the strength and profile of gel spun thread for streamers (clousers). I understand that it floats, but surely (or "Shirley," in honor of the great Leslie Nielsen) it can't float that much. Is there a downside I am missing? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:46 pm 
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I'm not the deer hair master some of these folks are. If you put to much pressure gel can cut the deer hair you are spinning.

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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:14 am 
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I use GX2 thread from Gudebrod. The stuff is great for spinning hair.

A word of caution, do not try and break this thread with your bare hands. It will cut through your skin like a knife.

And as Brad stated, to much pressure and it'll cut through the hair.

Cyberfish...I'm going to miss Leslie.

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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:53 am 
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I am hooked on it for spinning, but are there any downsides for other applications (like Clousers)? I have tied a dozen or so small (size 4) Clousers with it and like the way the turned out.

I have seen some concerns raised on the WWW about the thread having more of a dry application since it floats, but I can't imagine the amount on a streamer would matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:29 pm 
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A bare hook will even float in a tray of water. Use it on anything you like as long as the slippery property of the thread won't hurt you. You have to watch that some things won't pull apart because of the thread not grabbing.


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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:47 pm 
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Cyberfish wrote:
I.I'm going to miss Leslie.


He was one of the great comic actors. I was watching the news about his passing and laughing at some of the clips they were playing. I thought at the moment that a world of smiling people, even as they announce your passing, is not a bad legacy to leave.

Plumbob, thanks for your comments. I didn't want to spend another weekend doing something I would regret. (Fortunately, I have mostly moved beyond that phase of my life.) I like the way it works on small Clousers but will use something else on the bigger ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Gel spun fetish -- does it need a cure?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:04 pm 
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Aaron...if it works for ya I don't see a problem.....I have three threads I almost exclusively use.. flat waxed nylon, mono , 12/0 bennechi . (on rare occasion I use some other threads for bodies or tags on flies)

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