Is The Goo The Poo? So Many UV Resins To Choose FromI really don't care for fly tying. I don't do a ton of it, but there are a handful of patterns that I've become pretty competent at lashing together, and have become the core of my fly box. Tying really is somewhat of a necessary evil...sure I could buy flies, but I've accumulated so many hooks, hackles, beads, and thread over the past few years, it'd be a shame to have them go to waste.
One commodity I haven't acquired to date, but am kinda intrigued by is UV resin...you know, the epoxy-like stuff that gets hard really fast (without help from special pills) when you shine a special flashlight on it. I'd like to get my hands on some, especially since I'm starting to tinker with saltwater flies, but I'm not sure where to sink my $20 or $30 (before UV flashlight, of course).
|I know, I know...baby steps...|
I guess the market leader is Clear Cure Goo (CCG)... It seems to be the brand that most people would recognize when it comes to this stuff...as well as the one most commonly referenced by the fly tyers I follow on social media. It comes in a lot of different flavors, and with all the "love" out there, I guess it can't be a bad product. Or maybe they just have a lot of tyers on their Pro Staff.
Then sort of in the last year I've read some folks really raving about Deer Creek Diamond UV resins, which are pretty much the same thing (I guess?), except they've always been "tack free." (Evidently the original recipes of CCG dried tacky and needed a topcoat). I don't know a ton about Deer Creek Diamond other than I think it comes from the UK, so perhaps that's why it's not as common as CCG.
I also understand there are a slew of other choices...Loon, Solarez, Jif, etc...so I was wondering what you all might be using and if there's a reason why?
Any recommendations or feedback is welcomed in the comments below...
POSTSCRIPT: Cheech over at Fly Fish Food just posted an entry about UV Resins today as well. Coincidence? (Probably, I'm not vain enough to think it's some sort of retort to my post). I'll add the link to go read his post HERE as the commentary over there will probably contribute to this conversation too.