Re: Last fly i'll ever tie....
up until the mid 1800's, hooks were made with no eyes. They eyes were formed from twisted silk worm gut.
In fact, right through the early 1900's, blind eye hooks were used as the eyed hooks were 'not fully trusted' as having fish holding ability.
Virtually all classic salmon flies, and early trout flies were tied on blind eye hooks, with gut eyes, or horse hair snells in the case of some trout/bass flies.