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Old 02-03-2014, 04:00 PM
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Default Hook threaders?

I am reluctantly surrendering to age my eyes are quite suddenly failing me with small, up close work. Not to mention a life time of blue collar work has my hands with all the dexterity of a pair of catchers mits
Back in another lifetime, I used to tie and fish tiny little flies for trout regularly but moved into bigger stuff over the past many years.
Enough blathering, I plan on fishing some smaller flies again, like #18-#24s. From the difficulty I've had recently threading large flies, I know I'm going to need a tool for these little ones... Recommendations?
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C and F Designs Threads work awesome all the way down to 26's which is as small as I tie
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Ty-rite jr. look it up they work great for holding and tying on the fly. still have to thread it. I can thread if I can hold it.
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C and F Designs Threads work awesome all the way down to 26's which is as small as I tie
Jay: Welcome to the club! This is one club you don't want to be a member of, but old age has a way of forcing us to join. I also use the C and F threaders, but have found that with a good pair of readers handy on the water I don't need them until I drop down to size 22 or below, unless of course I'm in poor lighting conditions. My normal fishing, I try not to go below a 20, but winter fishing can force using the really small stuff. Argh!

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Thanks guys! Those look simple and compact. I like that I see they offer different sizes. is it realistic to get the smaller size and it will service larger flies too?
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Thanks guys! Those look simple and compact. I like that I see they offer different sizes. is it realistic to get the smaller size and it will service larger flies too?
The reds are midge 20-32 and finer wire than say the blues which are down to a size 20, you can find direct links in the classifieds to them under me.

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I really like this magnetic threader. Inexpensive and it actually works as advertised! I've used it to tie on 20's, but I'm sure it would work with even smaller stuff.

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I really like this magnetic threader. Inexpensive and it actually works as advertised! I've used it to tie on 20's, but I'm sure it would work with even smaller stuff.

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I was looking at this one and it was appealing because I wouldn't have to hold the tiny fly in my club like fingers. I went ahead and ordered the C&F. we'll see how they do
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Default Re: Hook threaders?

You can get a little needle threader at a fabric store for under a buck. They are like a small version of a bobbin threader that you'd use for fly tying. Flat,light,and cheap.
Put the hook of the fly in a foam patch or a piece of cork, push the threader through the eye, and pull the tippet through the eye. Tie your knot while the hook is still captive.
I drill a 1/4" hole lengthwise through a wine bottle cork, run a piece of paracord up the hole. Knot one end, put a snap swivel on the other end. Works on a lanyard, vest, or just a button hole on your shirt or jacket. Great for drying flies before putting them back in the box, or to hold them in cold fingers while attaching to tippet.
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Put the hook of the fly in a foam patch or a piece of cork, push the threader through the eye, and pull the tippet through the eye. Tie your knot while the hook is still captive.
I drill a 1/4" hole lengthwise through a wine bottle cork, run a piece of paracord up the hole. Knot one end, put a snap swivel on the other end. Works on a lanyard, vest, or just a button hole on your shirt or jacket. Great for drying flies before putting them back in the box, or to hold them in cold fingers while attaching to tippet.
I really like this idea
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