Published Jun 17. 2018 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 17. 2018

Cleaning the hook-eye

When you varnish, cement or glue the head of a fly, and the stuff runs into the hook-eye, use a small feather (hackle) as a clearing-brush. Just poke the feather stem into the eye, and pull it through while the varnish is still wet.
It saves having a blocked eye to clear at the waterside when a fish has just risen and you are then in a hurry to tie on the fly!

First published: 
Oct 27. 2018