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In 1945, Lacey Gee of Independence, Iowa began a fly tying business. With some financial help and encouragement from the owner of Wapsi Produce Company, Lacey established the Wapsi Fly Company. Previously, he was employed by the poultry processing plant, which provided a ready source of feathers. That, along with incentive, imagination and a good deal of skill in fly tying, became the basis for his new business. The name, “Wapsi”, was a natural, as the buildings housing it were located on the banks of the Wapsipinicon River.
Wapsi has introduced many fly tying products: Lead Eyes, Wooly Bugger Marabou, Dyed Grizzly Marabou, Soft Tanned Rabbit Skins, Dyed Pheasant Skins, Mylar Cord, three sizes of Ultra Chenille, Razor Foam, Thin Skin, Foam Popper Bodies, Fly Tails, Sili Legs, and Hour Glass Eyes. Such high quality dubbings as Camel, Antron, Angora Goat and Superfine are all processed at Wapsi. Premo Deer Hair, Lead Free Wire and Lead Free Eyes are also Wapsi firsts.
Buy on-line or talk with a knowledgeable fly fishing specialist:
- Cyclops Brass Beads
- Fly Gloss Coat Head Cement Thinner
- Fly Head Cement
- Fly Head Cement (Water Base)
- Fly Head Cement Thinner
- Fly Tyer's Z-Ment (Zap)
- Gloss Coat Head Cement
- Original Lead Eyes
- Painted Lead Eyes
- Tungsten Beads
- UTC Flashback Tinsel
- UTC Flat Mylar Tinsel
- UTC Holographic Tinsel
- UTC Round Lead Wire
- UTC Round Lead-Free Wire
- UTC Ultra Thread 140
- UTC Ultra Thread 210
- UTC Ultra Thread 280
- UTC Ultra Thread 70
- UTC Ultra Tinsel
- UTC Ultra Wire
Traditional lacquer based head cement
Developed and produced exclusively for Wapsi, our traditional lacquer based head cement has been a favorite among fly tyers for years. Wapsi Fly Head Cement is quick drying and deep penetrating with minimal build up. The advantages of quick drying cement are less chance of imparting a fingerprint … more
Environmentally friendly water base lacquer
This cement is made with an environmentally friendly water base lacquer that is non-flammable, odorless, quick drying, and is non-yellowing (dries clear). It is excellent as an all-around fly tying cement. The thin viscosity of the cement allows it to penetrate the thread well and creates a very … more
High gloss finish with just one application
Gloss Coat is a fast drying, acrylic resin based head cement that produces a durable, high gloss finish with just one application. Having a medium thickness it is excellent for building up heads on flies and as a cosmetic overcoat for painted popper bodies, jig heads, etc.… more
High-quality Tungsten beads in a variety of sizes
Tungsten beads are twice as heavy as brass so they are great when you need to get your fly down deep. These beads are specially drilled for fly tying, with the hole on one end smaller so it will not slide over the hook eye.
Wapsi Holographic Tinsel brightens up flashback nymphs. This is a bright 3-D holographic tinsel. Use for tinsel body streamers like the Black-nosed Dace and Muddler Minnow.
Wapsi Holographic Tinsel brightens up flashback nymphs. This is a bright 3-D holographic tinsel. Use for tinsel body streamers like the Black-nosed Dace and Muddler Minnow.… more
UTC round, soft lead wire is an essential fly tying product on most tyers benches.
UTC round, soft lead wire is an essential fly tying product on most tyers benches. Simply wind the wire around the hook to give your fly the needed weight to sink to the depths.… more
Wapsi Ultra Tinsel is s staple on the fly tying bench
Many classic fly patterns such as the Black-nosed Dace and Muddler Minnow call for a body made with flat tinsel. Unlike the tinsels of yesteryear, Ultra Tinsel is very strong and wraps perfectly flat, making beautiful, durable bodies. In addition to being used on traditional streamer patterns, … more
An excellent choice for adding weight, durability and colour to a variety of fly types.
Wapsi UTC Ultra wire is a non-tarnishing copper-based wire used for ribbing, weight, flash, dubbing brush wire and as a body component on nymph and streamer patterns. It is the essential material needed for tying nymph patterns.… more