I haven’t tied flies much this year – but I have a feeling as the cooler weather rolls in I’ll be getting out to the
garage fly tying den a lot more often. When I was at IFTD, this particular fly tying utility caught my eye. I love things that have great design and great purpose — and this my friends has both. I present to you the Loon Outdoors Mixing Cup. Thank you to Loon for getting this into my grubby little fingers – I gave it a go the other night.
You can see I mixed up some Loon Pearlescent Powder ($14.95) with some head cement. This was the fly ‘before’ application.
This was the fly ‘during’ the application. AND this is an ‘after’ picture of another fly I did…you can see I put some right behind the bead head and also on the body of the fly. Just gives it a little sparkly umph. Super easy.
Next I added a little pizzaz to a couple of beads. Now I do have to tell you I was a bit worried that the glue wouldn’t be as easy to clean out of the cup when it dried as Loon had suggested. But it totally was. It was sooo easy – just popped/flaked right out – no problem at all!
You know which powder really caught my eye? The Loon Tungsten Powder. How cool is that? Just mix a little up and add some weight to your flies – however much and wherever you’d like without adding too much bulk. But I totally choke at seeing the price ($59.95) for that little, yet super heavy bottle. I totally understand tungsten powder can’t be cheap, but yikes!
I rate everything using the 3 F’s (Fit, Function & Fashion):
Fit – Suction’s to any smooth surface to provide a stable cup to mix in.
Function – Completely functional for fly tying. Forget about using paper plates/cups for your glues and epoxies etc. and throwing all that trash away – what a waste.
Fashion – Sexy simple design.
I give the Loon Outdoors Mixing Cup and Powders a 5/5 Stars. Go Team Loon Outdoors!