Here is something I have found that works for me.
All the bodkins on the market have too large a shaft
and therefore too large a point for the flies I tie.
I created one that fits the job on size 18 and smaller
sizes when applying thread cement.
Cut a small diameter wood dowel to 2.5 inches long,
drill a hole as small as you can in each end about 3/4
of a inch deep. Put a drop of Crazy Glue on the hole
and insert a small common sewing needle. To make the
needle fit tight, put a short piece of thread through
the eye. Allow a few minutes for the glue to dry before
use. Repeat on the other end, (you can use two different
sizes of needles to allow you to cover a larger range of
After you've drilled the holes you can put the dowel in
a pencil sharpner to remove the excess material and make
your bodkin a little more pleasing looking.
I have found if you use smaller bodkins you may utilize
smaller drops of cement.
Also the small needle can be used to plug hook eyes so as to
not allow cement to clog the eye.
Fish More. . .Mow Less. ~ Dave Moore
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