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Old 11-14-2010, 08:46 AM
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Default Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

Hi all,

Digging around in the man cave and found a big roll of thin guage SOLDER stuck in a back drawer.

Hmmmm, says I ... will this work to weight flies I would like to attempt to tie ?

It is the ELECTRICAL type with ROSIN as the flux core .. NOT the ACID flux core as some are.

What think thee ?

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It should work...depends how thin it is...and the size of flies you want to tie.But remember heavy flies are not easy to cast
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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

It could work. But I do not think solder is as dense as lead wire.

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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

It should work, although it won't be as heavy as the same guage in solid lead wire, due to having the less dense rosin in the core. It also might break off easier due to the hollow core.

I'd also consider the scent of the rosin. It could be a turn-off to the fish, then again it might mask the scent from your hands from tying.
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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

I bought a spool of lead fuse wire that works very well for weighting flies. 3 amp is about right. I split it with a friend and after 20 yrs i'm getting down to the bottom of it.
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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

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I bought a spool of lead fuse wire that works very well for weighting flies. 3 amp is about right. I split it with a friend and after 20 yrs i'm getting down to the bottom of it.
Any pic of it??
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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

No Kimkim---the green spool says: Buss Fuse Wire 1/2# 3 ampere

Made by: Bussmann mfg div
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St.Louis 7, Mo

It seems to me that we had 2 different sizes(The other size was a bigger diameter) but I just have this one left. The diameter of the lead 3 amp wire is .033"
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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

Snap! What a cool idea. Hmmmm...wonder if i spin the vise it will go round like my glue egg flies do i make?(brain cells in over drive now)
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Snap! What a cool idea. Hmmmm...wonder if i spin the vise it will go round like my glue egg flies do i make?(brain cells in over drive now)
Glue egg flies ? More info please .. pictures would be great !

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Default Re: Solder as a "weight" on a fly?

Solder might work, but in order to allow the solder to adhere to the hook, you need to heat up the hook close to red hot. That being the case, you may ruin the temper on the hook. IMO, wrapping lead or lead substitute wire is easier and faster anyway. Good luck.
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