Video: How to Handle Tiny Hooks Without Going Crazy


A couple months ago, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

For those of us with fat fingers, tying tiny patterns can be a real trial. Just getting the hook from the package to the vise can be frustrating. Here, Tim shares his secret weapons: plunger-style hackle pliers¬†and a magnetic strip glued to a popsicle stick. As you’ll see, this combo works much better than fingers for getting everything in the right place, so you can start the tying process.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Handle Tiny Hooks Without Going Crazy”

  1. I use earth magnets…about the size of a dime…to control my midge hooks. I also file off the barbs in the vise, with the eye up and the point outward. Finally, I add tippet on the vise after tying (Davy Knot), and lace this through the flutes of waxed corrugated “cards” (4 X 6 inches) with a foam strip to hold about 10 flies per card.

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