By Tim, 23-Mar-2012 08:49:00
Bug Bond has been on the market for a couple of years now; I personally am always wary of new materials and tend to be a little slow off the mark in joining in. I think it’s often worth letting a new product bed in first and be field tested by real consumers and see how it fairs. I have to say I had read alot of positive reviews about the product so took the plunge and bought some this winter. Bug bond is a UV light cured acrylic which can be used in place of more traditional epoxy resins. Its inventor David Edwards was after a quick setting and mess free epoxy resin substitute material for tying pike flies. I tend to tie the bulk of my flies in the winter months, and I have been pleased with the results bug bond has produced on both my Bass and Pike flies this winter. Bug Bond has several distinct advantages over traditional epoxy resins:
• It has the viscosity of runny honey and so long as you use the tip kits provided it can be applied precisely where you want it to go and it does not “wander” to unwanted parts of the fly (anyone who has ever used epoxy will know just what I mean).
• It’s very economical, there is no waste. No matter how hard I try I always mix too much epoxy resin and at the end of the session you are always left with a hard set lump of epoxy which ends up in the bin.
• It cuts out the need for a rotary drier.
• Its rapid, using the UV torch provided it sets solid in 30 seconds.
• It works every time, there is nothing more frustrating than mixing a batch of epoxy and applying it to several flies which you have spent valuable time tying only to discover you have got you mix wrong and the epoxy wont set (this is admittedly down to human error but if you tie allot of Bass/Pike flies this will have happened to you).
In summary bud bond in my opinion is an excellent product fit for purpose, in fact this morning I put the remainder of my epoxy resin in the bin and I won’t be purchasing anymore and will be favouring bug bond from now on.
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