Monofilament Fly Tying Thread Substitute 2-6lb mono.
If you are a Fly Tyer like me you see materials everywhere. Craft stores make your head spin, every aisle creates a flurry of ideas in your head. I can never have enough materials, I have a junk material bin that has little samples of material ripped and snipped off anything that made me think of “Ooh I could use that as a ________ , when Fly Tying” Wings, Legs, Eye’s, Bodies, the list goes on.
Here’s a substitute for those tiny spools of Mono Fly Trying thread.
Looking at the line dia.
Waspi UTC comes in 3 dia.
UNI Products UNI-Mono Clear Monofilament comes in 2, Fine and Med.
2lb – 6lb Monofilament line falls right in that dia.
I scored this 3000 yard spool on clearance for $5, when a local sporting good big box store was closing their fishing section. I’ve been tying teaser and larger saltwater patterns for a long time without any problems. I just re-use the empty spools.
Hitting the monofilament line with a Sharpie marker makes changing colors real easy. Just a few wraps of red adds a nice touch for a gill plate.
Referencing a Tippet Charts show almost same values in dia. and lb. test
So keep and eye out for light tackle line, they could perform double duty on tying flies or home made leaders.