Anyone that watches my favorite show" The Red Green Show" knows that Red's favorite tool is duct tape. Red uses duct tape to fix just about anything. Well I pretty much feel the same way about Zap-A-Gap. Zap-A-Gap is the answer to a fly tier's dream. With this stuff you can glue darn near anything and it will almost never come off. That's why I like to call Zap-A-Gap the fly tier's secret weapon. In this article we'll cover some of the do's and don'ts of using Zap-A-Gap.
Why Zap-A-Gap is So Cool
First off Zap-A-Gap is water proof. Unlike alot of whimpy, cheap super-glues, Zap-A-Gap is completely water proof. It will never dissolve or break down when it is exposed to water.
Zap-A-Gap dries fast. It takes about 10 seconds for Zap-A-Gap to dry.
Zap-A-Gap has a great container. Alot of cheap super glues have a foil type pouch which will either dent, get holes in it or will have tops that gunk up and will never allow you to remove the top. Zap-A-Gap comes in a small plastic tub. The top locks tight and won't spill.
Zap-A-Gap will stick to any non-greasy, porous material.
Bonds made with Zap-A-Gap will dry hard and are very difficult to break.
Tips for Using Zap-A-Gap
1) Never use Zap-A-Gap to glue hair. Zap-A-Gap will make the fibers hard and brittle. If you are gluing deer hair, buck tail or hair wing flies the glue will make all of the fibers stick together and create a mess. The spongy and soft characteristics of deer hair bugs will be lost if you glue eyes or coat the bottom of a bug with Zap-A-Gap .
2) Always use less than you think you'll really need. You can always add more glue but it is a mess if you try to remove too much.
3) If you get some on your fingers, keep your fingers apart and allow the glue to dry. Don't use a Kleenex or paper towel to rub it off. This will only make your fingers fuzzy and won't do jack for getting the glue off your fingers. Then take a fine grit piece of sand paper and gently rub the spot off. If you work the sand paper too hard you'll tear up your skin with a really bad resulting ouweee! So take your time.
How to Glue Stuff With Zap-A-Gap
Stick-On Eyes: The new Witchcraft style stick on eyes or 3D eyes are great for dressing up streamers and bass bugs. The problem is the glue on these eye sucks and it won't stick to anything. To Zap-A-Gap the eyes, use a bodkin to to lift the eye off the backing. Then turn the eye over and put a drop on the sticky side. Then put the glued eye onto a feather, streamer head or one of the new Deep Sea Lead eyes. The eye will never come off.
Lead Eyes and Bar-Bell Style Eyes: If you use bar-bell style eyes like chain, lead , glass or plastic bead eyes, wrap the eye to the hook shank with figure 8's and add a drop of Zap-A-Gap to both sides of the thread. The eye will no longer spin on the hook shank.
Doll Eyes: I use doll eyes on my foam bugs. I attach the eye by adding a tiny drop of Zap-A-Gap to the back. Then I stick them on and hold it in place by gently pushing the eye down with one finger. Don't use Zap-A-Gap for gluing eyes to deer hair. Use Sportsman Goop cement.
The Zap-A-Gap whip finish: To make a really strong whip finish do this: When you're ready to finish the head, pull a very tiny amount of Zap-A-Gap along your tying thread as close to the tie in point as possible. Next wrap the thread about 6 times and then hold it in place. The thread will never come apart!This is great for bead flies and for whipping really bulky bass tails and such. Use a very sparse amount of glue!
Add a drop of Zap-A-Gap to Ultra Hair Clouser Minnow heads. If you make Clousers out of Ultra Hair for toothy fish like Pike, add a drop of Zap-A-Gap to the head on both sides of the finished fly. This will bond the fibers tightly to the hook. Don't use Zap-A-Gap with bucktail Clousers.
Add a sparse stripe of Zap-A-Gap to a thread base before wrapping peacock hurl. The little stripe will keep the hurl from unraveling and eliminate the step of double wrapping the hurl. You can use this tip for biots and quill wrapped style flies also.
Set wings on Muddlers by adding a drop of Zap-A-Gap. If you make turkey winged muddlers, the wings can go helter skelter and will make the fly look like crap. Add a drop of Zap-A-Gap and hold the wing in place. The wing will be locked to the location you like and won't split as easily. Try not to glue the wings together. You can also strengthen the very fragile Swisher-Richards no hackles with Zap-A-Gap.
You can use Zap-A-Gap for alot of uses in fixing tackle. Lets say you've got an old frame style Pfueggler or Martin reel and one of the screws is loose. Add a drop of Zap-A-Gap to the screw hole and twist the screw tight. The frame will never come apart again. Do the same to pair of glasses or Polaroids if the screw is loose in the frame.
Make your own fly patches with fun foam, an old credit card and Zap-A-Gap. Take a credit card and draw around some fun foam. Cut the foam out with a pair of scissors. Add drops of Zap-A-Gap to the credit card and push the foam onto the card. Punch a hole and add a cord and bingo you've got a very nice fly patch.
Coat the ends of wading shoe laces with Zap-A-Gap to keep them fromm unraveling. Add a drop to the lace and let it dry, frayed shoelaces are a thing of the past.
Got a hat that always comes apart? You know that little adjustable tab in the back? Zap-A-Gap the adjustable plastic strip in place or add a drop to the hinge and you know the rest.........
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For more Info Contact:
Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068