Friday, 25 February 2011

update on eyes

well my post yesterday seemed to be quite popular from the amount of mail i recived last night and this morning and i humbly that everybody for there imput , in fact drew price from dp on the fly did a post on his blog (the links on yesterdays post) a fantastic read and looks like there was an easier way of doing it

im always looking to learn new ideas and mabey adapt ideas that somebody else has had thats what its all about feeding off each other and bouncing ideas around with fellow anglers so thanks drew your a star mate my new clippers shown below
id also like to say a massive thanks to bob mills who sent me this message which was to good just to leave on the comments page , thanks for taking the time to write bob
* hold the eye the same way but don't recommend scissors for a bunch of reasons - cost, flying sticks, etc. Just go to a hardware store and ask for "cutting pliers." You've probably seen this tool before in any standard tool set. They are strong and sharp and meant to cut metal so they stay sharp indefinately. They can be found for $10 or maybe less - cheaper than a pair of tying scissors - and will last forever for this purpose. I also find that the sticks don't fly when I use them since you slice through it instead of popping it off like with scissors. The hardware store is actually a good place for other strong, useful tools for tying. I even have a large bolt cutters I have to cut the shanks on hooks for when I articulate a fly for a longer body but only want one hook and need to cut one off at the bend. A $25 bolt cuter will cut through a TMC 8089 like butter and you won't be messing up your nice plier cutters. Cutting shanks is also how I practice casting off the water - you can cut a hook just above the bend and you can then cast a real fly around saefly, which is much better practice than using yarn when it comes to fluffchucking. You can strip it in across grass without it digging into the ground - you can even bring a cup of water and get it wet to practice distance casting with those big pike/musky patterns that are totally different to cast when soaked.

Back on the cutting pliers for the eyes - here's a link to what they look like - most of us probably have one in the garage! - Bob
thanks again folks

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