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    Default Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Hello!
    I like to tie the f-fly with only tying thread as the body of the fly.

    I was wondering what type of thread would be optimal for this fly for durability? Kevlar? Mono? Something else?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    For thread body flies, adding a layer of head cement or super thin UV resin will generally get you the durability you need.

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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfisherfrance View Post
    Hello!
    I like to tie the f-fly with only tying thread as the body of the fly.

    I was wondering what type of thread would be optimal for this fly for durability? Kevlar? Mono? Something else?

    Thanks!
    Kevlar will ruin your scissors.
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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    I'll assume that by F-fly you are referring to a floating fly. Kevlar thread is likely the toughest type, but may also be the heavier material, so do you add durability & sacrifice buoyancy? It's also one of the more costly types.

    Unless the fish are Pike or similar toothy types, it's highly doubtful that fish teeth are a major issue and even then probably more so to leader & tippet. Tying threads today of most types, since they're synthetic, are fairly durable anyway, and as goshawk87 mentioned, can be coated to improve durability. Nylon is a buoyant material, so any thread made with nylon should be both durable & float reasonably well. Silk threads are still used, but primarily for Salmon flies, and silk is not as durable as synthetic threads.

    Even if a fishes teeth are tattering a fly, any fly is not indestructible anyway, and generally should be considered somewhat expendable.

    If you are having a durability problem, such as a fly not lasting more than a few fish, then perhaps the issue is with tying technique, and not the thread type being used? Not suggesting that your tying method is not sound, just a possible point of consideration for a lack of durability.

    I tie some thread bodies, wet flies mostly and use flat nylon threads, or sometimes mono threads and both produce a reasonably durable body IMO.
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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Fight back, use barbed wire.

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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Kevlar but you’ll need separate snips for it.
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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Spread a drop of superglue on the body....nearly indestructible....the colors are nicer according to me especially olive,yellow and red.dscn2820.jpg

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    Try the Nanosilk from Semperfli!

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    Default Re: Strongest tying thread against fish teeth?

    Gel spun thread.

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    One thing I do to add durability is to throw in whips or half hitches periodically. That way if the thread is cut at one spot, there are several other places to secure the thread and prevent it from unraveling.

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