To make mono eyes use a birday candle to get a small
flame. Drill a few holes in a piece of 2x4 or 2x6.
Mount a candle in one of the holes. In order to use
all of the candle and not set the wood on fire, take
a piece of aluminum foil and punch a hole in it the
size of the candle. Slide the foil over the candle
and down against the wood.
Have 20 to 30 pieces of mono precut into short lengths
and ready to use before you light the candle. Use
filed-down tongs to hold and turn the pieces of mono.
Hold the mono down by the SIDE of the flame to keep
soot off as the eyes form. ~ HH
Credits: This tip is one of many by Henry Hoffman
in the new book, Northwest fly patterns & tying
guide, by the Rainland Fly Casters, published
by Frank Amato Publications.
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