Then I got an email from Hook and Hackle. They are carrying a UV Cure of their own, Solarez. It comes in 3 gram tubes ($3.00) as well as 2 ounce bottles ($21.95). For right now, there is a thick and a thin. If you compare the price per gram, the leading competitors are nearly 3 times the cost of Solarez. As for the light, Hook and Hackle's light is essentially the same light as the competitor's (not naming names, but it merely lacks a color and a logo) but is only $12.95.
I got the products a couple weeks back. My immediate reaction was that the thick, was very thick. The thin, well, was thinner than the thick. The thick is awesome at building up large quantities of the glue, like for eggs, heads of streamers, or large wing cases. The thin is great for covering quills, smaller wing cases, etc. With the UV Curing glue, you are pretty much limited by your imagination. When I went to cure it I noticed that it takes a little bit longer than other similar products. However, once it was dry, there was absolutely no tack. I was extremely excited. A cheaper and better product than the popular name brands is always a plus.
A line of truth that you may not hear in a lot of blog posts is this: This particular review took a really, really long time. I wanted to thoroughly test this product out. Sure, it's one thing if I go and write up a review about how this product performs at the vise. But I wanted to tell you guys how it performs on the river as well. So I have been fishing, and fishing, and fishing...what a problem to have. What I had noticed about this product was something that actually made me make sure it actually happened. One of the tests I did was leaving some flies, created with Solarez, in a closed box in the heat and sun. All flies had fully cured UV resins on them. Here's the interesting thing, most of the other resins besides Solarez exploded or melted in one way or another. Solarez stayed hard as a rock. Not only that, but I fished with nymphs and streamers tied with Solarez. I banged them on the bottom, whacked them against shore, off of rocks and not one bit of damage showed. At one point, I whacked the side of a boat with one of my flies during a cast (the fly was really moving) and it put a slight crack in the head of the fly, but it did not affect its fishability.
Here's the bottom line. If you are going to get a UV Curing substance, go with Solarez. It's cheap, the light is cheap, and it's an all around great product. You really can't go wrong with it. Try it out and I hope your experience with it is as good as mine. Here are some different flies and ideas for you guys:
|Solarez Thick was used to create large durable heads on these minnows|
|When tying quill bodied nymphs, protection of the quill is vital!|