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Hook Clip
Tying Tip By: Bob Mead (Mantis)
Written By Steven H. McGarthwaite

Bob Mead Tying Fish-In 2001

While at the 2001 FAOL Fish-In, Bob Mead did a tying demonstration late one night. He was demonstrating tying a Mosquito, a Ladybug and (his namesake) a Praying Mantis. While all that was of great interest, what caught my attention was a little item he was using (hint: they are the little red things, in the photo above). This item can not be found in a Fly Fishing Shop, instead you have to go to an electronic store (such as Radio Shack).

Clip Hook

I have seen this item listed as a "Hook Clip," also as a "Test Clip Assembly." Normally it's used to test bare wires and electronic parts on a ohmmeter. But for Fly Tying its use is to hold a fly. Either for display purposes, or for the enamel or glue to dry. The ones I found and purchased cost $2.50 per pair. They were not weighted to stand upright, so I created a stand for them out of a small piece of wood with holes drilled for the bottoms. Bob Mead's were weighted and stood up on their own.

Clip Hook with Hairy Mary fly

It's a great addition for the tying table to have a display fly while tying, or a place to have a fly dry completely before adding to the fly tin. ~ Parnelli (I am the one in the top photo with the funny looking hat)

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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