Hello everyone, I have thought, read, and watched videos of different ways to ensure the front sacrificial hook for articulated flies is smooth after clipping it off. Some of the better ideas seems to be:
1) Use a metal file (small triangle one used for sharpening saws) to smooth/round it
2) Cover it with thread
3) Dab some UV resin on it and cure
4) Put glue on it
#1 seems to be the best because it involves nothing extra, can be done post tie, and will not come off. The rest lend themselves to failure, #3 and #4 seem like they would fail quickly.
What method do you use to make sure your rear hook doesn't get nipped off by the sharp end of the sacrificial hook?