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Old 04-03-2009, 05:17 PM
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I am 62 years old. I have been fly fishing for 10 years. I have severe arthritis in both hands. It is becoming more and more difficult for me to tie flies to my leader. Would anyone respond to using a small swivel for attaching flies as an option for me? Would a swivel affect the action of the fly ability to catch fish? If a swivel is a viable option, any recommendations for brand, size, etc.

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Old 04-03-2009, 05:30 PM
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For your help I will recommend that you try this product
Quik Tye Tool at BEARSDEN.COM
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:36 PM
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Bill

First off welcome to the forum, we look forward to your fishing reports.
Sorry to hear about your arthritis.

Something I do to help with small flies might work for you. My eyesight isn't very good when it comes to tying on flies smaller than #20, what I do is tie a piece of tippet to the fly while at home under my bright light at the fly tying desk. Then I put the fly and tippet section in a small zip lock back, or you could use on of those leader wallets. Then when I get to the stream I just tie the tippet to the leader. In your case to make it easy you could try using a loop to loop connection between the tippet and leader. At home you tie the fly to the tippet section and on the far end use a surgeons loop (or get a friend to help). On the leader end you also use a surgeons loop, then just use the loop to loop connection to change out flies. Best of luck.

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Old 04-03-2009, 05:44 PM
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I bought one of these tools for tying flies: Ty Rite It really
helps twirling the tippet to tie a knot! Combined with a threader, it can't
be beat. Having said that, I like the idea of tying them ahead of time, and then attaching the tippet/fly combo to the leader. It might be better to use
a snap swivel to connect the pre-tied fly to the leader, rather than snapping
the fly to a swivel. You can still use the tools listed to tie you set-up at home. You could always ask someone to tie them up for you (my wife has'
never tied a fly on in her life !).
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Knots with a Twist: Two Easy Hemostat Knots from Lefty Kreh

You may even want to try this.

Also fas-snaps on the leader, to attach to the fly would work, and not have an adverse effect on wet or dry fishing.
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Bill welcome to the board.

You might want to take a look at these:

No Knot Fas-Snap
Cabela's -- No-Knot Fast Snaps

Tippet threader
Brumfield Enterprises

And that link Auntie Em posted looks like it might be a great help for tying knots.

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Or you might try this ...
The furled leader is "handshake" connected to the fly line; there's a 3mm tippet ring on the small end. The fly has a tippet tied at the eye, and a fas-snap on the butt end, to attach it to the leader. This can all be done in advance on numerous flies, and switched out stream side as needed.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I had not thought about using the snap swivel at the leader and then attaching the tippet with a fly already attached to the leader using the snap swivel. I do use the loop to loop method of attaching the tippet to the leader. The suggestion of tying flies to the tippet at home and putting them in a small zip lock back.

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I attached some photos from an old post on the same subject.. You can get a pair of those Electronic Mini-Grabbers like the one in red for larger flies, say down to 18 - 20 or you can get an old ball point pen, put a piece of wire forming a loop in the ink tube & crimp it tightly. When you click the pen the loop comes out & when you release it, it retracts & grabs the fly. You can almost tie on a 28 with gloves on using this. I also have one of those C & F boxes with the threaders in it & I'll pre-load Tiny Flies If I think about it. I always have some basic midges & tiny BWO's strung on them... I've also seen nippers with those threaders on them.

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The above is from an old post. Those little fas-snaps that Mark mentioned work well . There are some knot tiers on the market that will do the trick also.. Have you tried those pressure gloves for arthritic hands. I came across them in a " Footsmart Catalog" & just remembered about them. Arthritis Gloves : Arthritic Hand Support : Joint Health : Footsmart..Anyway Welcome to the Forum & good Luck

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One way to do it more easy in the field. For the 50+ people that have problem to see the hook eye this is a nice tip. Make a loop with a dyneema (fireline) line on the hook when making the fly. Then you have a much bigger hook eye to put your tippet in. For nymph fishing the fly will also make more movement in the water.
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