Wapsi Fly Head Cement is quick drying and deep penetrating with minimal build up. The advantages of quick drying cement are less chance of imparting a fingerprint on the head of the finished fly, and the ability to apply several thin coats of cement to the head for maximum durability.
Fly tyers who like a nice, tight head on their flies often choose this cement for its minimal build up. This is particularly an asset to fly tyers who tie small trout flies.
The thickness of the cement can be easily adjusted by simply leaving the top off the jar for a short period of time (thickening it through evaporation) or adding a small amount of Wapsi Fly Head Cement Thinner. Like all cements that harden by evaporation eventually the cement will start to thicken in the jar as a result of repeated opening and closing of the bottle. When this happens simply add some thinner to bring it back to the desired consistency. This can be done time and time again and as a result this cement can last a very long time on your fly tying bench.
(1) Not all cements have the same viscosity coming out of the bottle. Do not hesitate to thin the cement to the desired viscosity. An eyedropper is a useful tool for dispensing thinner into your cement. Start by adding just a drop or two at a time until you are satisfied with the thickness of the cement.
(2) Fly Tying Cements usually dry due to evaporation. To prolong the life of your cements limit the amount of time that the bottle is open and add thinner to the cement as needed. Maintaining the viscosity of the cement will prolong its life.
(3) Add the correct thinner to your cement. For best results we suggest using the thinner recommended by the manufacturer of your cement. Failing to use the suggested thinner can lead to prolonged drying time, yellowing of the finish, excessive vapors, or a negative reaction between the cement and thinner.
(4) Use sparingly – most beginning fly tyers use more cement than is needed to do the job. The less cement you use the faster it will dry.
(5) Glass bottles with brush applicators or plastic squeeze bottle applicators with clog free applicator tips are a great convenience on the tying bench.
(6) If you use a bodkin (dubbing needle) to apply cement to the fly over time some residue will dry on the needle. To remove the residue, simply clean the needle by scouring it with steel wool. Our Terra Deluxe Bodkin Cleaner with Stand combines a bodkin, steel wool reservoir and steel wool all wrapped up in one tool.