Maybe it's just that my arms keep getting shorter (or perhaps the hand shake from celebrating too much last night over yesterday's trophy catch
), but I've been looking more and more at threading aids, particularly for smaller flies.
From what I've experienced, the Quick Tye Tool
is a complete waste of money, but Orvis' Magnetic Fly Threader
really works pretty well, although I haven't tested it on the smallest midges yet. The threaders used by C & F/Scientific Anglers, which are an expensive variation to the old standby needle threaders for people who sew, also seem pretty good, and they do store easier than their sewing equivalents.
However, I'm wondering why six sizes (Standard, Midge, Ultra-Midge - all in long & short lengths) are necessary when it would seem that the Ultra-Midge would be a "one-size-fits-all" choice eliminating the need for the additional (& expensive) sizes? After all, the thinner-wire Ultra Midge would fit flies with larger eyes, but not the other way around for the Standard size with thicker wire.