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Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Tom Harrigan (---)
Date: November 07, 2023 07:28PM

I am building a 9ft 8wt, dark green blank.

A couple of commercially built rods around the house have standard wraps using tiger thread, which I think looks pretty good.

I know there's a distinction between a wrap with tiger thread, and what appears to be called a tiger wrap. A tiger wrap is not something I'm shooting for.

I bought some Pro Wrap Tiger Thread in green, black, and tan. I thought that the tan would show up fairly light on the blank, and I'd have an attractive wrap.

i picked a spot on my blank that will later be covered by the reel seat, and did a test wrap.

When I brushed on the epoxy (Flex Coat High Build), the thread soaked it up and I ended up with a very dark wrap, the tiger effect only barely visible in bright sunlight.

Will CP keep that from happening?

Should I be starting with a far brighter thread combination?

I'm starting at zero here, so any conversational type help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom

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Re: Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: November 07, 2023 07:32PM

I don't know what "Tiger" thread is. I doubt it can mimic the moire effect of an actual two-layer Tiger Wrap. Is your thread more of the varigated type thread that was sold many years ago?

By all means, CP will keep whatever colors you have brighter and more vibrant. Otherwise the thread will indeed turn translucent.

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Re: Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Scott Lees (---.78.140.67.dynamic.ip.windstream.net)
Date: November 08, 2023 06:45AM

Pro wrap Tiger thread is nylon so you will need CP to preserve the color. Check out You Tube, there is a video of all the colors used with and without CP.

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Re: Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Tom Harrigan (---)
Date: November 08, 2023 07:31AM

Scott-

Great info!

Thank you -

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Re: Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 08, 2023 01:59PM

Use color preserver (CP). It will keep the tread from absorbing the epoxy and turning translucent.
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Re: Tiger Thread Tips
Posted by: Tom Harrigan (---)
Date: November 08, 2023 04:48PM

Thanks again everyone, I did a test wrap using CP and it worked as suggested.

This forum is great -

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