Your favorite fly tying tip? in The Fly Tying Bench Posted July 17, 2017 · Report reply This is a really good thread/topic. Can't stayy away. If you crowd your hook eye, clear it by heating the tip of your bodkin (if it's metal, of course) with a candle or match, then poke it thru the eye. Have saved many a fly this way. I always keep a lighter on the bench.