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When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: February 17, 2020 06:31PM

When did thread manufacturers first offer “Tiger Thread”, as ProWrap presently calls it? After a well overdue cleaning of his storage shed, a friend of mine (re)discovered a half dozen rods given to him in the mid 1960s. Two of the rods sported guide wraps which look virtually identical to ProWrap’s Tiger Thread advertisements. If they have been rewrapped, such is not obvious. I would not have guessed that type of thread has been available that long, hence my request for enlightenment, especially from the veterans.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: February 17, 2020 06:49PM

I’m pretty sure it was around before I first started to build rods in 1969. So it’s been around for quite awhile. Gudebrod had it in multiple different color schemes.
Norm

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: February 17, 2020 07:32PM

Thanks, Norman, but I was hoping for replies from veterans; not just those with only 50 years of experience LOL!!!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Bill Sidney (---.gci.net)
Date: February 17, 2020 08:09PM

good luck on that one Mark

William Sidney
AK

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: February 18, 2020 04:02PM

Back in the early 60's my grandad had an old bamboo 7 ft rod he fished in his outboard's prop wash for salmon, just long enough not to touch the outboard. That rod and about half of his fiberglass Maxwell's had that type thread on them. Bet the bamboo rod had silk thread back than.

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: February 18, 2020 04:16PM

Like Spencer noted, I refurbished a couple of old bamboo rods that were older than me that used a brown/black tiger wrap thread. I’m sure it was silk. So that type of variegated thread has been around for a very long time. It is not a recent addition to rod building.
Norm

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 18, 2020 04:27PM

Variegated thread was available to builders in the 1940's. I watched my dad build with it.

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: February 18, 2020 04:32PM

One old Gudebrod "tigerish" looking thread was called Trimar or Astro. It had one tiny metallic gold or silver thread twisted in with the NCP solid color. (this from 1989 Clemens catalog) Take it from me it sounded better than it looked or worked. The Prowrap tiger is not NCP.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/18/2020 04:43PM by Lynn Behler.

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: February 18, 2020 11:16PM

Bill, Spencer, Norman, Phil and Lynn,
Thank you for the replies. This is yet another example of the wealth of information all of you have and share. I would have guessed “tiger” thread was from the 1970s, possibly the 60s. Interesting.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: February 21, 2020 12:15PM

I built my first rod 62 years ago, self-taught, and I think I used nylon tiger-dyed thread.

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Re: When Did "Tiger Thread" Debut?
Posted by: ron zimmerman (---.tcso.qwest.net)
Date: February 25, 2020 10:31AM

Phil Ewanicki Wrote:
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> I built my first rod 62 years ago, self-taught,
> and I think I used nylon tiger-dyed thread.

Thread ? I built my first one using Gorilla duct tape , the black stuff ! Then again I've only been building for a couple of years . lol

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