This 'tip' appeared on our Bulletin Board
this week, and was just too good to lose
in the Archives - so here it is:
This past week I spent at the ISE Show in San
Mateo, Calif. where Roy Powell (from Danville,
Calif.) demonstrated fly tying in my booth for
a couple days. He showed me his method of
bending/shaping rubber legs that I though was really
innovative as I've alway bent them by tying an
over-hand knot. Sometimes positioning the knotted
leg was a real pain in the ... (you pick the body part!).
Following is Roy's method: Place a small drop of
super glue on the tip of a bodkin then apply it
to the rubber leg material on the opposite side
you want the bend. Let the super glue set for
about 15 seconds. Slowly stretch the rubber leg
material then slowly allow it to relax. The leg
is bent! A gentle stretch forms a 45 degree angle
and a more agressive stretch forms a 90 degree bend.
Take care & tight lines.
~ Al Beatty
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