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Old 03-16-2011, 11:21 PM
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I'm planning to tie up some Copper Johns. I asked a friend of mine who is a very good tyer which epoxy I should buy and he told me Devcon. He then explained that he was taught by a famous tyer whose name I've gone blank on to apply epoxy with a small dot then a second small dot on top of it. What led to this apparently was he saw flies that this friend of mine saw flies the man had tied and that his epoxy finishes looked so much better then any he'd seen so he asked how he did it. He said in his experience Devcon is the only epoxy that does not yellow.

However, after reading about the difficulties several people the forum have had with applying epoxy I'm a little hesitant about spending $13 on Devcon to only discover its a royal PITA.

Is there anything that would provide the same level of excellent flash which is supossedly made possible by applying epoxy in this manner.
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Default Re: Epoxy Application!

I dont think it is that difficult, and I just started doing epoxy work on my flies.

I also use devcon, it dries crystal clear and you have a good 5 minutes to work with it.


i use craft sticks *not popsicle sticks, they are too large*, and basically look like match stick french fries. they come like 500 to a bag for just about $3 bux.


i always work up more than I will need, as I have found it is much easier adding too much, then adding too little. I do 1 good smear of it, cover the windcase down to the wire, and i'm done with it. if i add too much, I use a bodkin and just take some off.
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Default Re: Epoxy Application!

I have been using the clear cure goo instead of epoxy for about a year now and like it a lot. It dries clear and is easy to use, It is kind of pricey though. The UV light is handy but it also cures in a couple seconds if you stick it in the sun.

as far as I know you can only buy it on line. Just google the name if interested.
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When I first started playing with epoxy I bought some 1 minute stuff and found that by the time I got it mixed it left very little time to apply to the flies. Prior to that I had been experimenting with SHAN's but found that if you applied it too thick it would crinkle up so I switched to the 5 minute epoxy and found that it works much nicer, with great results. After mixing I have been using a toothpick to apply to the flies. I like wovenstonefly's idea of using the clear goo as you could control the curing much better, thanks for the tip, I will have to give that a try.

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You could use Loon Knot Sense also...

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Dan: Good point, I've also used the UV KnoT Sense and it also works great, I forgot about that one!

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I use epoxy, mostly for poppers, though. I prefer the 30 min. slow cure epoxy that model airplane builders use. I put coated flies and poppers on my 4 rpm epoxy turner/drier for about an hour. It seems slow, but I can usually coat around 30 flies at a time, before it gets too hard to work with. Locally, the stuff is $7 for two 4 oz. bottles. I have some poppers that are 2-3 years old that haven't yellowed. Hope this helps.
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You could use Loon Knot Sense also...

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I have used it a time or two but it doesn't seem to bond as well to the fly. It has a tendency to crack and peel off. I have never had that problem with the CCG. But Maybe it's the size of the stuff I'm using it for.
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Default Re: Epoxy Application!

Everyone thank you for the replies and suggestions. I believe I will end up going with the CCG as I will have more confidences in something that dries in a way that I have some control over.
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Just a heads up I forgot to mention. like all the UV stuff the CCG can be slightly tacky when hardened but if you put a coat of hard as nails nail polish or brush able head cement over the CCG it solves that problem.
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