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Eyes of all kinds - tie them better
Bulging eyes... again By Martin Joergensen
These eyes are actually quite easy to make, but can tease a bit if you want to do them both on the same piece of monofile -- which is the neatest way to do things.
The alternative is of course to make two 'stalks' and tie them in seperately This works fine on many patterns, but it can be hard to get the eyes to sit perpendicular to the hook shank.
You need a lighter or a candle and some small scraps of monofile. Select a thick monofile (depending on the size of the finished fly). I usually keep a candle lit on order to have the flame ready whenever I need it, but a lighter will do fine.
After the eye has been formed you can leave it as it is or color it. I use a permanent marker which works fine, but black varnish will do the job as well.
If you want single eyes that are more perpendicular like the ones on the top of the picture here, just put the newly formed eye over the flame, not too close. This time the mono just behind the eye will melt and the eye will drop down in an angle. Hey presto...
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