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    Having used several diffenent resins while tying, my results have been somewhat spotty. Uneven coating, dull finishes, milky finishes, and finishes that have faded quickly. Any suggestions about brands that have produced your best high gloss, reflective coatings that haven't darkened, become milky, or dulled.

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    Jim
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    I make two types of UV resin. They are new versions which are clearer and more impact resistant than other brands.

    I was demo tying at the Badger Fly Fishers Spring opener and next to me was tyer using the UV resin starting with "S" for tying perdigon nymphs. I had not tested my resin side by side before with this brand so we put two thick drops side by side and the S had a slight yellow tint and my was clear. He bought a bottle of my resin.

    PM me and I will give you the details.
    Regards,

    Silver



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    +1 for Silver Creek's resin.

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    +2, his stuff is the best I ever used.

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    Thus far I have avoided using or buying the resins. That’s partially because I don’t know what to buy, but also because I figure I am likely to make a mess. Basically I use head cement and that’s it. I don’t use super glue in all its forms because I figure I will end up gluing my fingers together with a fly in the middle.

    But I am seeing more and more videos where resin is used and I am beginning to weaken. So I ask you folks whether someone who ties trout flies is really missing that much by not using resins. And what do I need to get started other than a UV light of some sort (what sort?) and a bottle or two of Silver’s juice.

    Thanks for any advice to go with that for the OP.

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparsegraystubble View Post
    Thus far I have avoided using or buying the resins. That’s partially because I don’t know what to buy, but also because I figure I am likely to make a mess. Basically I use head cement and that’s it. I don’t use super glue in all its forms because I figure I will end up gluing my fingers together with a fly in the middle.

    But I am seeing more and more videos where resin is used and I am beginning to weaken. So I ask you folks whether someone who ties trout flies is really missing that much by not using resins. And what do I need to get started other than a UV light of some sort (what sort?) and a bottle or two of Silver’s juice.

    Thanks for any advice to go with that for the OP.

    Don
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    Trust me, if it would be possible to glue your fingers together using this stuff I would've done it by now.
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    Another vote for Silver Creek's resin, at one time he was selling through the forum and everyone loved the material. Maybe drop him a PM and solve your problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparsegraystubble View Post
    Thus far I have avoided using or buying the resins. That’s partially because I don’t know what to buy, but also because I figure I am likely to make a mess. Basically I use head cement and that’s it. I don’t use super glue in all its forms because I figure I will end up gluing my fingers together with a fly in the middle.

    But I am seeing more and more videos where resin is used and I am beginning to weaken. So I ask you folks whether someone who ties trout flies is really missing that much by not using resins. And what do I need to get started other than a UV light of some sort (what sort?) and a bottle or two of Silver’s juice.

    Thanks for any advice to go with that for the OP.

    Don
    Since nobody else took a shot at your question....

    As you well know you can survive without UV resin for most trout flies. There are some sinking trout patterns that just work better with UV resin for sure. My biggest attraction to it is medium to large warm water flies. It dries clear and bulletproof on the heads, in a matter of a few seconds. It looks very professional like the head on an expensive bass jig or spinnerbait a gear chucker would use. As far as UV lights, Silver Creek's large light is a torch. It looks and feels like a mini-tactical flashlight. A real quality piece. It's not nearly the same as some $5 light from a discount chain. I've used Loon brand resin. It works well enough, but it's not quite as good as SC's and it's more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ia_trouter View Post
    Since nobody else took a shot at your question....

    As far as UV lights, Silver Creek's large light is a torch. It looks and feels like a mini-tactical flashlight. A real quality piece.
    I use the same flashlight body as a "tactical" type of light. I keep one in each of my cars. Since I buy the flashlight bodies and bulbs separately, I just put in a white light bulb instead of a UV bulb.
    Regards,

    Silver



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