stripped peacock eyes

airsprite

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Hi all, i bought a chemically stripped peacock eye to tie some dry flys.
I can't use the fibres at all, everyone breaks with no tension. I have tried soaking some overnight without any improvement.
Is there a way to make these usable, they do seem very thin and brittle.

Steve
 

airsprite

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Cheers lads, i have tried water, but will try the hand cream and see how i get on.
Do you think it could be the chemical process making them so thin and brittle, do you lads strip your own with a rubber or your nails?

Steve
 

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I strip with a rubber. I did lightly bleach some but only to lighten their colour, it took quite a bit of fluff off. Using chemicals does dry them out, hence try the hand cream.
 

doobrysnatcher

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is it possible to soak them too much ?turn them to mush .IDK but you say you soaked them over night i recall a guy maybe here got over the same prob by simply putting it between his lips prior to tying in ,i wouldnt condone that
 

Rob Edmunds

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Your right Doobry.....you shouldn't put a concoction of chemicals in your mouth - but that's exactly what I do, run it across my lips 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️.

Need a rethink
 

PaulD

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I use the 'Polish Stripped Quills', they're stripped with a rubber, and run them between my lips before tying in. The odd one will still break or split but mostly they're reliable.
 

airsprite

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Thanks for the replies lads.
I have tried everything that’s been suggested but it’s impossible to use.
I can only imagine it’s been in the chemical too long, and a bad batch.
Will be preparing my own from now on.

steve
 

philm

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Thanks for the replies lads.
I have tried everything that’s been suggested but it’s impossible to use.
I can only imagine it’s been in the chemical too long, and a bad batch.
Will be preparing my own from now on.

steve

This is how I strip mine

 
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