Pipers silk

tony1690

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Has anyone used pipers silk in their fly tying if so what do you think?

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Has anyone used pipers silk in their fly tying if so what do you think?

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This should maybe be in the fly tying section but no worries. Yes I use it on my salmon flies mainly for the tag work and for making the under bodies for the flies which I use the white floss for. I also use their black floss (well waxed) for finishing off the heads as it's thicker than a Uni thread 8/0. It's probably more floss like than a tying a thread. If you can imagine Uni thread when you've hammered it a bit and it starts to go flat I'd say similar to that and put side by side about three times broader than the Uni. Not really used any of the coloured flosses for the bodies yet although I'm having trouble finding the Danvilles 4 strand floss in Kingfisher blue and I think they might have discontinued it so might try the Pipers in a similar colour just out of interest & it won't break the bank. Saying that they say it's very good for rod whipping and I find it nice to work with.
 

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Mark, as you know Dave C. uses their flosses. Danville's very rarely discontinue products, as they buy things like floss in from (probably) the far east & in vast qty's. However if a trade stockist wants to buy anything from them, they have both minimum amounts per item & minium order values, which is why very few people stock their products over here now. Add to this exchange rates et al. Many wholesalers both on the U.S & E.U also no longer bother as the amount of space needed versus potential tirnover speed / profit margins etc make things even more difficult.
 

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Mark, as you know Dave C. uses their flosses. Danville's very rarely discontinue products, as they buy things like floss in from (probably) the far east & in vast qty's. However if a trade stockist wants to buy anything from them, they have both minimum amounts per item & minium order values, which is why very few people stock their products over here now. Add to this exchange rates et al. Many wholesalers both on the U.S & E.U also no longer bother as the amount of space needed versus potential tirnover speed / profit margins etc make things even more difficult.

I did see some Danvilles Kingfisher Blue (light blue) around about a year or so ago at a few stockists, one in Holland and the other over here, can't quite remember where here but could have been Lathkill's. The Uni floss is just to wide for tags although it's quite strong and doesn't fray as much if you catch it but the Danvilles 4 strand is really nice to work with. Some might turn up in some place I haven't looked yet you never know, if you come across any John give me a shout.
 
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