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#1 Fry Flier

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 02:02 PM

Just for those of you that want to but are not sure how to make your own eyes, here is my method that may help you or give you something to laugh at.

1) Start with a pc. of mono or like mine fluorocarbon 30 # about 3/4 of an inch long

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2) Center on pliers and Melt from the Top- Down

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3) Rotate Pliers and do again

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4) stand back and look at your work.

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When you melt the eyes and you get the fluorocarbon back to the pliers a quick second burn causing just a momentary smoke will amber the eyes from clear.
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#2 down2earthlv

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 02:23 PM

Great tip, I've used this a number of times...quick, cheap, and easy. Adds eyes without the weight of metal!
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 11:07 PM

I can vouch for it too. Especially when you don't want to add weight. I use to tie a mean hex with that technique.
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Posted 09 December 2005 - 12:50 AM

I use this method (somewhat) too. I used a cheapo pair of tweezers and filed 3 grooves in the tips on the inside and 3 corresponding grooves on the outside. I use the tea candles for a flame because I usually sit down and make several hundred at a time. Anothoer tip is usgo to your tackle shop and get all of the line that they stripped off of peoples reels. ( They give it away... )You can get lots of different colors and line thickness' which in turn make different sized eyes. I use 12# Maxima for my mayfly nymph eyes in Tan.
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#5 Big Todd

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 11:38 PM

Once again the new guy learns from the masters. Thanks for the tip, that's a great trick!

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 10:00 AM

Great photos and description.

I'd always heard about "burnt mono eyes" and wondered what that was about... how it was done.

Thank you much!
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Posted 01 September 2006 - 10:40 PM

QUOTE(madkasel @ Sep 1 2006, 09:00 AM) View Post

... I'd always heard about "burnt mono eyes" and wondered what that was about... how it was done.

Thank you much!


Ditto that, Madkasel!

Thanks for the step-by-step, Fry Flyer. I had NO idea! I'm going to save this tip, for sure.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 11:57 PM

Great tip. headbang.gif

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 10:55 PM

I've had difficulty (probably due to lack of practice) with burnt mono eyes that drooped off-center, didn't reach the diameter I wanted (relatively large, for crab patterns), and didn't darken much. To solve these problems, I melt them a little, dip them in 5-minute epoxy, and color them with a black Sharpie.

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#10 Steve P

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:03 AM

I just use heavier line for bigger eyes and dip them in finger nail polish for color then a little hard head to protect the polish. Trust me this will work wonders if you give it a try you can make more colors of eyes especially in crab eyes as some real crabs have a red tint to their eyes or in my case crawfish have redish eyes in some places.
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#11 Fly Tyer Guy

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 10:20 AM

I use vinyl rib, Tie Two Knots in it about 2-3 milimeters apart, Then dip them in 5 minute epoxy



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#12 Szczure_x_fly

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 05:10 PM


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#13 fly time

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:33 PM

I use this method often, then you can just color the eyes with a sharpie, and your done!!! Thanks for sharing this one with us!!!!


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#14 flyfishingwright

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 09:44 PM

Szczure_x_fly,
Very nice. I like that a lot.
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 10:27 PM

I want to use Szczure_x_fly method for tieing some extended body dragonflies. All I need is some porcupine quills.

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