Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by letumgo » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:25 pm

Hmmm. I did not need to log in to download the PDF. I simply clicked on the links, and chose download from the top corner.

Glad it worked for you. These are nice references. I've saved them to my iPad library. Very handy. (Thanks Phil)
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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by joaniebo » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:22 am

Re: waxing threads whether it be silk or synthetic - during some fly tying sessions, I've often showed the difference of how waxed threads cling to the hook better than unwaxed threads.

I simply take several "locked in" thread wraps of unwaxed thread and then pull on it as it slides off the hook. I then do a couple swipes of wax on the same thread, do the same number of "locked in" thread wraps and then pull on the waxed thread ..... which holds strongly to the hook. The demonstration is done with both synthetic and silk threads.

As a personal opinion, with no scientific proof just a personal opinion, I believe that the old fly tyers, when dressing by hand, realized that a waxed thread held on to the hook better than unwaxed threads and also added a little more durability to the dressing, as I would think that waxed silk threads might not rot / weaken as quickly as unwaxed silks.

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by wsbailey » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:45 am

I've read that antique double hooks put together with thread waxed with cobbler's wax are surprisingly durable.
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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by hankaye » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:59 pm

Howdy All;

I would believe the term is Seizing, as is done when joining some rope or cable.
Well waxed thread was wrapped. Here's a simple example using a thick chunk
of rope. Principal is the same just finer materials to be used.
https://www.google.com/search?safe=acti ... _fUqCedV_E

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by Old Hat » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:30 am

Anyone notice the infamous 6b when wet closely matches the color of pheasant tail when wrapped. :idea:
I hate it when I think I'm buying organic vegetables, and when I get home I discover they are just regular donuts.
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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by daringduffer » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:43 am

Old Hat wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:30 am
Anyone notice the infamous 6b when wet closely matches the color of pheasant tail when wrapped. :idea:
Yes, and it's easy to understand that if you don't have it, you would do better taking up knitting. Once you've seen it, there is no going back. But it must be the original 6B.

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by daringduffer » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:44 am

:twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by PhilA » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:10 pm

Speaking of color matches, the not-so-famous color No.32 (Classic Chestnut) is a pretty good match when wet to the elusive color No.6B (Sherry Spinner).

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But wait! There's more! Classic Chestnut is available right now (2/16/2020) at Jim Slattery's fly shop.
https://jimsflyco.com/ECommerce/Pearsal ... ead?bId=12.
Hint, hint...

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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by Old Hat » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:21 pm

You would never be able to convince me that a fish could tell the difference between those two.
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Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

Post by Theroe » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:41 pm

PhilA wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:10 pm
Speaking of color matches, the not-so-famous color No.32 (Classic Chestnut) is a pretty good match when wet to the elusive color No.6B (Sherry Spinner).

Image

But wait! There's more! Classic Chestnut is available right now (2/16/2020) at Jim Slattery's fly shop.
https://jimsflyco.com/ECommerce/Pearsal ... ead?bId=12.
Hint, hint...

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Holy smokes, Phil-nice bit of sleuthing you’ve done there. :geek:
FWIW, I use number 32 Chestnut and I wax it with my homemade pine/beeswax mix, and it looks almost identical to 6B..... Same as your wet sample but a tad darker.
What what I have to do at work all day, if we didn’t have these very important topics to render :roll: ???
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