I learned a new way of attaching ribbing, new to me
anyway. Before, I would tie the tinsel in on the top
and after the body was formed, rib forward and tie it off.
I found there was always a large area near the tail, which
was void of ribbing. This new (different) way solved that
Problem was that by tying the ribbing in on the top, the
tinsel had to rotate around the hook shank halfway before
coming up on the tier's side of the hook. This explained
the big gap, at the rear of the hook.
Just turn the hook over (easy if you have a rotary vise).
Attach the ribbing as you otherwise would do normally.
Since I use a rotary vise, I also have difficulty keeping
the tinsel out of the work area when rotating the vise.
Got a simple tool for this, a very strong magnet that is
the size of a small marshmallow (kind you put in your
hot chocolate). I attach it to the rear of my vise head
and tinsel stays secured and out of my way.
I have about a hundred of these, if anyone wants one, just
e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org I will mail you one, hoping
it will not stick to the insides of the letter sorting
machines the Post Office uses. Normal "Charge and Services"
apply, you pay forward to someone else in Fly-Fishing.
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, here at FAOL too.
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