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    Does anyone know if the .015 lead wrap comes in a bulk spool? When I google it I get a lot of responses that point to soldering wire made of lead and tin. I have never used anything other than the lead wrap that can be purchased in a fly shop. Is the soldering wire a good substitute? Is it brittle or can it be wrapped effectively on a hook? I would like to get at least a half lb spool.

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    Greg - Bob Marriott sells 1# spools of lead wire in a number of different diameters, including .015 diameter. John

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    In the good old days it was sold as fuse wire and available in every hardware store...

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    John, I have been using a roll of electrical solder for weight 20 + years. Haven't used it up yet. It performs like the fly shop lead weight. I'm sure there is some difference in the weight but I can't tell it. It may be hard to find lead/tin solder now.
    Last edited by oldster; 02-18-2020 at 08:31 PM.

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    Thanks gentleman. If soldering wire will work that may be my best option. Costs abot 40% less than solid lead wire. If the weight is comparable it will work. I have never tied with soldering wire and my big concern is if it would break easily while wrapping around a hook. Thanks again for your replies.

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    Would not use the flux core solder, can?t see why the solid core solder wire won?t work fine.



    Quote Originally Posted by gqualls View Post
    Thanks gentleman. If soldering wire will work that may be my best option. Costs abot 40% less than solid lead wire. If the weight is comparable it will work. I have never tied with soldering wire and my big concern is if it would break easily while wrapping around a hook. Thanks again for your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gqualls View Post
    Does anyone know if the .015 lead wrap comes in a bulk spool?
    Greg this is where I get it from: https://www.cascadecrest.com/Round-Lead-Wire-p/335.htm

    Dave

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    Thank you Dave.
    I've ordered a 1 lb spool which I think is the equivalent to either 16 or 32 of the lead wire spools in the fly tying section.
    Thank y'all for all the input.

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