OK, you just finished a great looking size 24 Griffiths Gnat, but your final inspection reveals
a bunch of hackle blocking the eye of the hook. Now you know that you will be issuing
epitaphs of epic magnitude when you try to thread a 7X tippet through that eye while
standing knee deep in a torrent of froth and foam.
You may be lucky enough to have on one end of your nippers a small needle like device, this
is usually located when it is not needed by its penchant for impaling your finger. This may or
may not clear the eye in time to fish the hatch that is occurring all about you on the stream so
many thousands of miles from home, which cost you so much in time and money to travel to
and to fish.
If when you tie your flies you will carefully check to see that no hackle or hair or other materials
are obscuring the eye, you will avoid the heartache attendant with this particular problem.
If you do find any material which might prevent you from threading your tippet through the eye,
take a bodkin, or a needle embedded in a piece of dowel or other handle, and with a butane lighter
heat the tip until it is red hot. Now, carefully put the red hot needle point into the eye of the hook.
It will burn out any foreign matter and allow a much easier attachment to the tippet.
If you will use a tad of head cement on the thread prior to applying the needle just in case the thread
is the culprit, you will avoid your fly unraveling.
This will also work on much larger flies as well and can be a real life saver.
De-barb, sharpen and check your hooks before you tie your flies, and when they are done look
at the eye carefully before removing them from the vice.
Trout are not fond of loud foul language and this simple step will help assure that you are not
responsible for offending their sensibilities with yours!
If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this
material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas
too! ~ George E. Emanuel
(Chat Room Host Muddler)