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Old 01-28-2009, 09:40 AM
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Would ferrule wax work? I would assume so.
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Gather a bunch of crickets, put them in a paper bag, and go into the house and release them in the kitchen to create a diversion. Then steal a candle off the mantel when no one is looking...

Some guys that tie soft hackles with silk swear by "cobblers wax", not so much for use with dubbing, but to get a darker translucent effect on the silk. Have also heard of guys using glue sticks, ski wax, "Sex Wax" (used on surfboards). I still use my last thing of Wonder Wax, but have also heard good things about the wax that Al and Gretchen Beatty sell (comes in 2 different tackinessessessessess). http://www.btsflyfishing.com/catalog/page8-9.html

The candle thing works pretty well too.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:40 PM
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The old original was bee's wax or cobbler's wax, but you can use one of those toilet bowl wax seals. I used to use bee's wax & it's pretty hard stuff. . I'd just touch it to my light bulb to soften it a tad & put it on the thread.
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Good one Fishn50, I never thought of a wax ring for the toilet! Definitely a lifetime supply!
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I'm with sandlfy on this one. With the synthetic dubbing that I mostly use it's not necessary at all.
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Default Re: Dubbin wax

Bow string wax. It's probably the same stuff anyway. I'm an avid archer, so I usually have it laying around.

If I can't find my stick of wax, then I have some of that Tacky Fingers stuff clerks, accountants, secretaries, teachers, etc. use to wet their fingers. My wife is a teacher, so we have that stuff around here.
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Default Re: Dubbin wax

A lot of the thread used is pre waxed so that helps but i use a lot of silk or gel spun thread & when I dub I put a touch on the thread & some on my fingers. My hands are rough & I usually smooth my fingers with a piece of 400 grit.
With the Wonder wax I use I can get a tight noodle & when I burnish the wraps the body blends in tightly & smoothly without frays.
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:41 PM
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With Sandfly and dshort on this. I was told many years ago, wax was for beginners....well, I didn't want to be a beginner..LOL
Lick the fingers, plus most thread is wax coated already. Or at least the Uni I use.
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I use Crazy glue more often than wax myself.. ultra tacky

If you do use dubbing wax, remember that head cement will not penetrate though the waxed thread. So the ease of dubbing with wax can result in a sacrifice of durability
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:16 AM
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I use Crazy glue more often than wax myself.. ultra tacky

If you do use dubbing wax, remember that head cement will not penetrate though the waxed thread. So the ease of dubbing with wax can result in a sacrifice of durability
ME TOO, but now I use Sally Hansen as it is less expensive and easier on my fingers LOL
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