Over the past decade of teaching fly tying, I have been asked all kinds of bizarre questions concerning materials and techniques. Without a doubt, the most frequently asked question is, “What kind of glue do you use to attach eyes for baitfish patterns?” Unequivocally E6000 is by far the best adhesive I have found for gluing on dome-style eyes.
E6000 comes in a metal tube, with your choice of the large or small applicator tip. Trust me, make sure you buy the one with the smaller tip. It keeps the glue from drying out quite so fast, and you don’t get it all over everything if you inadvertently apply too much pressure while squeezing it out.
You really don’t need to use too much of it either; a pea-size drop or enough to cover the back of the eye is enough to get the job done. It’s not too thin, waterproof, dries quickly, and once the eyes are glued on… they do not come off! That being said, if the eyes shift while drying, or you accidentally glue them on cockeyed, it’s better to start tying a new fly rather than messing around with pliers and a razor blade.
It’s now available in smaller.18fl oz too. These are perfect for your travel kit. You can both sizes in most craft stores or on Amazon for under $5. Click Here or on the E6000 pic to head over to Amazon and pick some up.
Until next time … keep your wraps tight and your feathers straight.