In the evening when the light is
down or when with age, it becomes difficult to thread your
tippet through the hook eye; a built in threader, you can
prepare on your bench with good light or with a magnifier, will
help you .
For hooks 12,14 or 16 you
could use a thin copper wire, for hooks 18, 20 or smaller
you must use a 10 ou 12/100 mono filament.
For better pictures below, the procedure is shown on hooks
rather than flies. The hook is kept in a vise, but you could use
your fingers, a plier...
mono: Hook size 18. Cut 20cm (8") of mono
filament, thread it through the eye, then thread the other end to
create loop A
the loop so it won't go through the eye ( use a paper clip, safety
an overhand knot in P
on the loop to bring the knot against the eye. Put the fly in your
wire: Hook 14, 16: Cut 10cm of thin copper wire,
thread it through the eye, then thread the other end to create
the 2 wires together in P. Put the fly in the box.
When fishing, put your tippet through
the loop A, pull the mono-filament or copper wire through the eye,
you're done and you can tie the fly.