I am wanting to start working with uv resin on some of my midge and nymph patterns to add some durability and look. Can anyone recommend a product that they like? There seems to be quite a few out there and I am trying to find a good starting place. Thanks.
I use Loon and have been very satisfied. They have a Thick and a Thin formula – I’ve found the Thin more useful, and I expect you’ll find the same for your midge and nymph tying.
A quality UV light cures the resin much better than a cheap one. Also, contrary to what some of the companies market, all of the UV resins (that I’ve tried anyway) end up being slightly tacky after curing. A thin coat of clear nail polish over the top of the resin gives a nice tack-free finish.
I use the Loon product when I want to put a heavy layer of clear finish on something like a saltwater ultra shrimp. It works great for this application. I’m not so sure it is great for small midges or nymphs where you are using thin coats, unless you want to tie the fly and immediately use it. Given the cost, I would just a soon use Sally Hanson’s HAN.
There’s a guy on a lot of the fishing and tying boards that sells UV Resin. He goes by the name SilverCreek.
He has two resins. One dries hard, the other dries flexible. But when cured, the resin is tack free.
No need to wipe the cured resin with alcohol or go over it with Sally Hansen’s.
You can reach him at: picaboo(at)charter(dot)net
You can find more info on the stuff by using a search engine: “silvercreek UV resin”
Usual disclaimer; I have no personal or financial interest, I don’t know the guy, etc.
It’s just a good product.