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Hi - I found some spools of "beading wire" in a few colors and they look like they might work for brassies. Any thoughts on this?

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If it is small enough it should work fine, you could also use as ribbing on nymph patterns.......probably a lot cheaper than buying the wire spools from the fly tying shops.

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should be 28 or 32mm in thickness..
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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

God bless the craft stores, they are sooooo much cheaper then fly tying materials we can find. Though most of the feathers ive bought from the craft store suck, ive had great success on beads, eyes, epoxy, thread, wire, yarns, ect...

for the price its all worth a shot, post a couple photos or let us know how it works
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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

Okay, will do! This particular beading wire is "smooth" just like the copper wire I got from the fly shop, and it feels pretty similar. I assume it's stainless steel.

Anyway - nothing against fly shops. I buy a ton of stuff from my local (excellent) shop. This is just some cheap stuff I picked up for the heck of it.
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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

If it's the same as the beading wire that I got, you might find that it's a bit stiff /thick diameter.
I'm as cheap as they get and for ribbing and stuff I use copper lamp cord wire almost exclusively
You'll find that it comes in a couple of diameters and one or two old cords will last a lifetime.
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Hi - I found some spools of "beading wire" in a few colors and they look like they might work for brassies. Any thoughts on this?

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depends on the size of the wire and/or the size of fly you are tying. some craft store wire is just too big. i would stay in the 30-36 gauge sizes

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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

I have found Dollar store and craft store wire to be a bit heavy for smaller flies but it works pretty well as ribbing on larger streamers.
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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

One thing to find out is if it's coated or treated in some manner to avoid rust/tarnish. Because most of this wire is designed as a "core" for beads or other findings, there isn't any concern about it coming in direct contact with the skin, so it may not be treated. If you use it for bodies (or ribbing) on flies, after they get wet, when you put them back in your box, they may rust.
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Default Re: Craft store beading wire?

I saw some of this stuff the other night. What I saw was too thick and stiff as Rip mentioned. It would be a chore to wrap it around the tight radius of a fly hook, if it's even possible.
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