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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    I've been struggling with some new glasses, they are excellent at any distance further than a stretched out arm. No good for tying flies to tippet, but very comfortable and it has been said I now look like a rough George Clooney, if he wore glasses that is.
    Anyway I brought some of the Orvis clip on cap magnifyers, brilliant, OK quality, but they need a peaked cap to work and I like a bucket type hat to keep the sun off me tabs, so for now I'm wearing two hats and it's spoiling my George Clooney look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spudgun View Post
    I've been struggling with some new glasses, they are excellent at any distance further than a stretched out arm. No good for tying flies to tippet, but very comfortable and it has been said I now look like a rough George Clooney, if he wore glasses that is.
    Anyway I brought some of the Orvis clip on cap magnifyers, brilliant, OK quality, but they need a peaked cap to work and I like a bucket type hat to keep the sun off me tabs, so for now I'm wearing two hats and it's spoiling my George Clooney look.
    Cheers

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    That's the problem I may have. I have ordered some clip-on magnifiers but I too wear a brimmed Tilley hat - I was hoping it would work with them. If not, I'll get a cap and just slaver sunblock on the neck and "tabs" when required

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    Quote Originally Posted by shropshire_lad View Post
    That's the problem I may have. I have ordered some clip-on magnifiers but I too wear a brimmed Tilley hat - I was hoping it would work with them. If not, I'll get a cap and just slaver sunblock on the neck and "tabs" when required
    I was thinking about trying to modify the bucket hat, but I'm not sure how I can go about it. Maybe reinforce the brimm with a plastic window packer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morayfisher View Post
    Try a different knot, preferably one that can be tied with forceps, makes life much easier. I've used the Penny knot since I found it online and it's never let me down.

    I also use the figure of eight for droppers, again tied with forceps.

    Another idea which someone recently mentioned on here is to preload some flies onto threaders at home, saves faffing with cold hands etc just to get the fly onto the tippet which is the bit I struggle most with when using very small flies. C&F threader boxes not cheap though.
    A hackle gripper also works for tying a Davy knot.
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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    I've never heard of tools being used or needed to tie a davy knot?
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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    I've never heard of tools being used or needed to tie a davy knot?
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    They're not needed but those with poor eyesight or maybe Parkinsons might find it helps.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Ive just had a quick look inline and there are loads of magnifiers out there for not too much money. Some even with zoom capability.
    You could end up looking like a mad scientist or doctor from a horror film though.

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    I have bifocals, the opticians made me a prescription for fishing where the magnified bit is good for tying and the distance side is virtually plain glass but with a transition lens.
    I previously had those from the internet which were plain glass with a magnified bit at the bottom, ebay has a lot from £10 upwards, even polarised ��
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