Just read the tip for making eyes with dabs of paint. I have a way of
making eyes which would be somewhat smaller, but would still not be small
enough for #16 flies.
Take a piece of monofilament (10 pound test, or larger) and hold the end
of the line near to a flame for a few seconds. There will appear on the end
of the line a small dot of melted monofilament.
This can be colored if desired, and tied in as is for small flies. If
you want an eye for a larger fly, but not any great increase in weight,
obtain some seed beads (I usually use yellow, but many colors are available)
and thread one onto the monofilament.
Pull it up tight to the melted end of the monofilament and tie onto the
hook in the position you want (two of these are tied in at once to obtain
binocular vision for the fly so it can find fish better).
A drop of head cement on the wrappings and on the seed bead will hold the
whole thing on for use.
I don't know if the fish find these more attractive, but I do and
therefore I fish with them more. ~ Tom Wilson
Thank You, Tom for a great Tying Tip. I am sure if you are happy with
the results you catch more fish, fishing with the fly. That is what
fly tying and fly fishing is all about - being happy. ~Parnelli
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the
Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
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they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just
forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us
share with each other, all the things we know!
~ Steven H.
McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)