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PostPosted: August 9th, 2017, 11:35 am 

Joined: December 5th, 2001, 1:00 am
Posts: 5323
Location: Manchester, ME
Sick of epoxy. Want to try the Loon Fly Finish.

Will any UV flashlight work to set it? $39.95 for the one Loon sells seems ridiculous.

Also, think, thick, flow? What are people's preferences?

I'm thinking primary uses will be heads on saltwater flies, and backs on copper johns and the like.

PostPosted: August 9th, 2017, 11:46 am 

Joined: March 16th, 2013, 11:04 pm
Posts: 594
Thin for Copper John's, thick for heads. I've had mixed results with clouding and chipping but I owe that to cure times and dry vs humid air. Overall a good product.

PostPosted: August 9th, 2017, 12:12 pm 

Joined: July 21st, 2011, 9:30 pm
Posts: 855
Location: Brunswick
I think I need to go this route also... epoxy and glue sucks. I was never convinced it was that much better, but the more saltwater patterns I tie (95% of my glue usage is saltwater) the more I get tired of the mess, smell, and dry time.


"A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once"
Lee Wulff

PostPosted: August 9th, 2017, 1:29 pm 

Joined: May 14th, 2008, 6:49 am
Posts: 90
Location: Winthrop
Well I don't waste the time for copper Johns.
They get lost so fast it is just not worth the effort and the fish seem unaware that the fly is tied incorrectly.
I have the loon UV light and it works well when I do use it.
One fly I tie has UV paint as a hot spot, original instructions were to place them on a tray in the sun outside.
So if you don't have a light you can try that.
I agree humidity and also thickness of the slurry your working with effect the vibrancy if you are using a color and
clarity if you are using clear.
Thinner is better for me.
Bonus points since it works to cure wader patches that require UV light.

PostPosted: August 10th, 2017, 5:43 pm 
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I bought a $15 dollar light from The Fly Shack and it works just fine. I use both thin and thick resin depending on the pattern.


The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of something that is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

Sir John Buchan

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