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Getting a Grip
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

Bodkin, the needle tool for fly tying, if bought commercially usually has a half-hitch knot tool on the handle. The handle can also be used to pack hair, on a hook. They are the same shape and diameter as a No. 2 Graphite Pencil. I also have additional half-hitch tools in different sizes for larger and smaller hooks. You can purchase these commercially also, and the shape and size are the same as the Bodkin.

I have trouble holding the Bodkin, the metal makes the Bodkin slick and slippery. I have dropped the Bodkin on the floor more times than I wish to remember. Same goes for the Half-Hitch Tools/Hair Stacker. With the Half-Hitch Tools, I have another problem. Figuring out which one to use, and which end. They are not marked so it is always a trial an error when selecting one.

Then while I was in the Department Store, I got an idea when I was passing thru the School Supply Section.

There in front of me on the shelf, was a package of Pencil Grippers, to help you grip your pencil better. Duh? So I bought a package and went home. Was hungry from thinking so hard, so I made myself a Peanut Butter and Jalapeno Sandwich (don't knock it, if you haven't tried it, they are great!)

I placed one pencil grip on my Bodkin, now I am able to hold it better. Then I dug out my Half-Hitch Tools.

But here I cut the remaining Pencil Grips, and used the different colors to designate the different ends of the tool. Now I have a good grip on the situation, and I know what end to use at a glance.

Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin Board, on FAOL.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Most of this material someone else thought of it before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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