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Old 07-05-2011, 12:15 AM
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I'm addicted to watching Davie McPhail tie flies In a lot of his videos I noticed he uses wax an awful lot while he ties his flies.

What are the pros and cons (if any) to waxing your thread? Is it 'that' necessary?
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For some things like using a dubbing loop, wax is a must. Davey is a pretty great tyer. If he is saying you need it, my guess is yah, you pretty much do. I don't use the 'stuck on my hand' type wax he does. I use wax that looks like a chapstick tube. I use it a lot. Wax is your friend.
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For some things like using a dubbing loop, wax is a must. Davey is a pretty great tyer. If he is saying you need it, my guess is yah, you pretty much do. I don't use the 'stuck on my hand' type wax he does. I use wax that looks like a chapstick tube. I use it a lot. Wax is your friend.
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But as noted above, don't use 'wax' or waxed thread save for dubbing. There (for me) use it or your toast.
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I use DB's dubbing wax its my friend... There are some dubbings I don't use wax with as they are easy to dub without it, but I do like to use it. I find it helps to use just enough dubbing as I use just enough at a time to just barely cover the thread as in most cases I like to keep most my ties compared to commercially tied flies as I find the naturals are usually much smaller then commercially tied versions.

Davie McPhail is an amazing tier, but whenever I watch his videos I'm always amazed at how much dubbing he places on his thread at a time. My tying instructor and other good tiers I know have all emphasied that when you think you have gotten the right amount of dubbing cut the amount in half then cut it half again to emphasize that only enough dubbing to barely cover the thread should be used.
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If you can come across some Wonder Wax, this may be extinct, that's what I use. There may be similar products I know I've seen them but don't recall who markets them. very soft, tacky wax, rub on thread and dub sticks like glue.

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