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teper196114 May 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

Can i ask, of the modellers that do rig their ships, have you every tried fly fishing line?

I was chatting to my old vicar, who is interested in both naval ships and fly fishing, and we the old problem of thread 'fraying' came up. He suggested i try the flt fishing twine, as its very fine, very flexible and never frays.
has anyone else tried this?

Volunteer Fezian25 May 2016 3:50 p.m. PST


Fly fishing line is all I use. I have used everything from cotton & polyester, bead wire, monofiliment invisible thread, and even horse hair. Nothing comes close to fly tying thread, period! It has all the plusses:
1) super cheap
2) comes in every weight/thickness you could want
3) comes in every color you could want
4) doesn't stretch
5) doesn't fuzz
It just can't be beat.


Volunteer Fezian25 May 2016 8:18 p.m. PST

Peter next time post to the Age of Sail board. A lot more folks watch that one. I like this one too but don't look at it as often. You can see the fly thread rigging on my ships at

1968billsfan08 Sep 2016 1:42 p.m. PST

There is a much better product out there.

Beadalon 7 strand bead string wire is made of 7 strands of nylon coated wire . I use the 0.015 inch (0.37mm) stuff. It comes in various colours- I usually use black. It is VERY STRONG (maybe about 50 pounds strength), it is stiff but can be straightened or set to be in a curve. It is easy to cut with nail clippers to size and a little dap of white glue on each end holds it in place.

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