<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR> For future reference it's easier to paint your dumbbell eyes before you tie them into the fly. Hold them in the middle with needle nose pliers (locking pliers are nice), then dip them into shallow containers of your paint of choice.
I have always just used the end of a drill bit to just paint the end. Where do you put the eye while it's drying so the paint doesn't come off? This would definitely be faster.