Re: What type of glue/paint to use for poppers??

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Posted by Bob Arwine on 2013-05-18 09:42:14 in reply to Re: What type of glue/paint to use for poppers?? posted by Charlie Bisharat on 2013-05-17 16:37:54

Hello All,
It really depends on how much time you want to spend on your foam "bugs". Here is a couple of methods that I have used for recreational and production tying.
The other mentioned methods used to attach hooks to foam work very well. You can also get good results by using your Dremel fitted with a course sanding drum to dig into the steel surface. Make sure you remove all of the surface. Think of how you can increase the bonding surface area between the steel and the foam. I use either my band saw or a hack saw blade to make the hook mounting slot. A razor blade cut, does not increase the bonding area enough. OK the next process really increases the bond. Depending on the size of your foam head, drill several 1/8th holes from the bottom of the head where you made your slot. (keep your fingers out of the way!)Epoxy then can be put into these holes which makes sort of rivets which helps the overall surface attachment area. Spray painting colors can really produce great results. So can felt pens. To protect your "paint job" consider--Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss--Liquid Fusion--or for a really super finish, Enviro Tex Lite High Gloss finish. Use a turner during set up of these finishes. ALSO, make sure that your feathers, hair, flash do not get on the head during the turning process. Wire works for this. I commented in an earlier post that I would be posting my apprach the the Weedless - Hawg - Tied fly. Now, that the Bass-n-fly event is over I will be posting this information within the next week. I will expand on the above methods in this post. This fly works!!

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