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Old 12-18-2009, 08:17 AM
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My eyes aren't what they used to be. Threading a size 22-24 midge on 7X tippet is an exercise in futility. Add to that the time of year I mostly use that size fly, winter, and things get real funky.
I own a waterproof 14 row CF Designs fly box which I love the slotted foam is a great way to hold flies. Trouble is sizes 20 and smaller flies tend to get swallowed up and are hard to get out of the box.
I've been coveting the CF Designs Midge Threader Fly Box for a long time but could not justify spending $52 on a fly box. Well, surfing around Ebay I found a knock-off version for $6.99 plus $1.90 shipping. It came the other day. The quality is not up to CF standards but it's not bad. The foam is not as rigid as the CF and the box is not up to their tight specs but for the price it's a steal.
Trouble is the threaders are the size that will only take down to a size 18 fly. I had to go to the fly shop and buy the CF Design Midge Threaders separately for $16. Still not bad. CF Designs makes the threaders in three sizes down to Ultra Midge which will take a size 32 fly.
So now I have my 20-24 stacked on 4 threaders and my size 18 flies stacked on the threaders that came with the box. My eyes are now happy.
Here's a link to the fly box if anyone would like to get one.
Fly Box With Small Fly Midge Holder - eBay (item 150385552778 end time Jan-01-10 07:48:49 PST)
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:57 AM
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Yat: Thanks for the info, my eyes are in the same shape! Recently I bought one of the 20/20 magnetic threaders and it works pretty good except for the flies that have material covering the eye, other than that I have found it pretty useful, but I think the smalles size I have tried is a 24 (I think, not real sure).
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Default Re: Midge Threader Fly Box

I went to opposite direction--instead of threaders I went for better eyes. I have a Bausch & Lomb jeweler loup (4x) which I wear on the corner of my sunglasses while fly fishing. The standard magnifiers I found in fly shops, etc., lacked the optical quality I needed and I couldn't see the smaller hook eyes which I use all winter. The Bausch & Lomb loupe has excellent optical qualities. Now 7x tippet through a #28 hook eye is no problem.

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Old 12-18-2009, 10:53 PM
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I went to opposite direction--instead of threaders I went for better eyes. I have a Bausch & Lomb jeweler loup (4x) which I wear on the corner of my sunglasses while fly fishing. The standard magnifiers I found in fly shops, etc., lacked the optical quality I needed and I couldn't see the smaller hook eyes which I use all winter. The Bausch & Lomb loupe has excellent optical qualities. Now 7x tippet through a #28 hook eye is no problem.

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MBWCC: That looks like an excellent idea, what does the 4x loup cost?

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Default Re: Midge Threader Fly Box

For a most reasonable price, and all the parts needed (threaders) this box can be purchased at Bass Pro. Replacement parts are also available.
White River Fly Shop RiseForm Fly Box with Fly Threader
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For a most reasonable price, and all the parts needed (threaders) this box can be purchased at Bass Pro. Replacement parts are also available.
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Auntie Em: That is a very reasonably priced fly box and it includes threaders (hard deal to pass up).

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MBWCC: That looks like an excellent idea, what does the 4x loup cost?
Cost is the one downside to the loupe. ~$32 from this source: Bausch & Lomb Classic Metal Eyeglass Magnifier Loupes FREE S&H 81-41-37, 81-41-79, 81-41-27, 81-41-78, 81-41-17, 81-41-47. Bausch & Lomb Magnifiers.
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Default Re: Midge Threader Fly Box

I know this is an old thread, but I use reading glasses. They are $8 for 3-4 pairs on Amazon.com.

I found the cheap midge threaders are terrible. The C&F boxes are spendy, but amazing. But the reading glasses work great.
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Default Re: Midge Threader Fly Box

What about a magnifier that attaches to your hat? $10 at bass pro. I also have that magnetic tippet threader as well as the midge threaders. Magnifier is what is working for me now.
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I have a midge threader box and love it. Some of those flies are hard enough to see, let alone thread that small eye on the hook with 7x! I am blessed though, pushing 40 and have never worn glasses. For the most part I don't even use magnifiers when I tie, but have picked up some 2.5x cheaters to wear when I'm tying smaller than 20. Very helpful for intricate work. I'm reluctant at this point to pick up the flip ups for the hat but my days are numbered I'm sure
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