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    Does anybody know of any of the mega-strong threads (GSP, nano silk etc) which actually holds its dye? I seem to have tried most of them, and the black ends up as a washed-out grey by the time I get it on the hook.
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    Angus

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    I think none of them really hold a dye, especially the darker colours. Unless you want the thread to show through as a body colour( but there a better, cheaper threads for doing that job) just get yourself a spool of your preferred brand in white and hit it with a permanent marker to get whatever colour you want. Works great for heads of flies but make sure the ink is fully dry before you apply varnish.

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    Why would it matter if the thread gets covered by other materials like dubbing, hackle, body materials etc?
    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

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    Kevlar is okay, though not quite as "black" as some of the other polyesters & the like. Not the same type of thing as g.s.p's & nano-threads though, as it's thicker, flat & slightly coarse textured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytire View Post
    Why would it matter if the thread gets covered by other materials like dubbing, hackle, body materials etc?

    You only use one colour of thread then?

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    What are you doing with the thread that makes it lose colour before getting it on the hook ?
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    Default Re: Dyeing to know

    Quote Originally Posted by Angus McLeod View Post
    Does anybody know of any of the mega-strong threads (GSP, nano silk etc) which actually holds its dye? I seem to have tried most of them, and the black ends up as a washed-out grey by the time I get it on the hook.
    Cheers,
    Angus
    I never use it for the whole fly. I only use the White GSP and tie it off when needed then switch back to ordinary thread.

    It is available in other colours but most stockist only have black or White.

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    roman moser powersilk all the way... Awesome stuff.

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    Thanks to all who replied. I'm currently using GSP, and simply tying on leaves more dye on my fingers than on the thread. I seem to remember trying Power Silk with similar results, but I may be mistaken. I'll try permanent marker, but if this stuff won't take dye I'd be surprised it if takes black marker. Still, got to try, so thanks again.
    Angus

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    Default Re: Dyeing to know

    Same issue with Nano silk, although I tend to use it as I'm a wee bit heavy handed. I tie in a little coloured floss or 8/0 for finishing the head off.

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