Tying Flies With UV Cure Resins
UV cure resins are easy to use, make flies more durable, add a unique look to standard patterns and can even be used to create completely unique patterns. Here is a quick look at the variety of the uses and advantages UV resins have in fly tying.
Why YOU should be using UV resins more in your fly tying:
Cures at your pace – no racing against the clock or only bulk tying.
- Apply the resin and adjust to your hearts content before it cures. No frantic rushing!
- No long wait times to allow your flies to dry. UV curing resins from Loon will dry in under 10 seconds with a quality UV light.
Makes flies more durable.
- Nymph and dry fly bodies. Midge and other nymph bodies, wing cases, etc. are made nearly bomb-proof when coated with UV resins. A single drop is sometimes all you need and it will cure in seconds. Same goes for emergers. For example, a biot bodied f-fly.
- Use on deer hair heads. Covering deer hair heads with UV resins retains the great action of deer hair, increases durability and makes adding eyes very easy.
Adds a unique look to traditional patterns
- Take a simple traditional pattern like the Griffith’s Gnat and change it into the Orange Asher with a flashy UV underbody.
- Easily add to the look of traditional nymphs like hare's ears and pheasant tails by applying UV resin to their wing cases.
Great way to create eyes, heads and bitters
- Use the thick UV resin to form heads and add eyes to baitfish patterns.
- Create unique crustacean eyes for saltwater patterns.
Can create completely unique patterns
- Fly Fish Food’s Gutbomb Bloodworm is a great example of a fly that is built predominantly with UV resins.
- Epoxy minnows are a great example of a fly that is frequently tied but much easier to work with when you are using resins cured with UV.
Using powders to die your UV resins and add hotspots.
- Realistic scuds, caddis, cranefly larva.
- Mix in dyes to create hotspots on wing cases, scud backs, etc.
- Build your own bitters in custom colours.
A variety of saltwater flies finished with resin heads:
Freshwater nymphs tied with resin components:
Loon Outdoors has three different UV resins, each with a different viscosity for different applications.
Flow – can be used for finishing flies as head cement and on top of thin or thick UV resins to reduce tack.
Thin – middle of the road viscosity can be used for most any resin application.
Thick – great for building up a bit more bulk in heads, bodies, etc. Build up layers and create whatever shapes you like.
Based on my research, the most important aspect of a UV curing light is the wattage output by the light. The greater the wattage, the faster the resin will cure.