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    Default Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Hi Guys,

    I recently returned to fly fishing after a 20 to 30 years hiatus. In that time, I have taken to wearing reading glasses for close up work. However, I must say I really struggled tying knots even with my reading glasses. My tucked half blood knots just became half blood knots as tying those was difficult enough without the tuck!

    Any advice or gadgets that may help?

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    Phil

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Get yourself a slightly stronger pair of reading glasses I've got spare pair 0.75x stronger than I need just for fishing and they work great.

    Al

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Thanks Al, are these off-the-shelf reading glasses or prescription/bespoke?

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    Just of the shelf they come in 0.5 increments, what I did was pick up something with small text on the label then tried a few pairs until I could read it with ease.

    Al

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    About 4 years ago I gave up pretending I could see well enough on the water without glasses and started having to carry my spare ‘reading’ set. But it’s always a bit of a faff, I having tried someone’s sunglasses with a small lense incorporated (like bi-focal glasses I guess) I couldn’t get on with them either.
    So recently tried these-
    18063 Cap Peak Clip-On Magnifiers
    Wish I’d done it earlier, so much more convenient and way higher magnification than my glasses... even size 24 is a breeze

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by boisker View Post
    About 4 years ago I gave up pretending I could see well enough on the water without glasses and started having to carry my spare ‘reading’ set. But it’s always a bit of a faff, I having tried someone’s sunglasses with a small lense incorporated (like bi-focal glasses I guess) I couldn’t get on with them either.
    So recently tried these-
    18063 Cap Peak Clip-On Magnifiers
    Wish I’d done it earlier, so much more convenient and way higher magnification than my glasses... even size 24 is a breeze
    Thanks, I found exactly the same taking my reading glasses along. When I needed to sort something out removing sunglasses and getting out the reading glasses was a right faff - I'll have a look at those magnifiers :-)

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    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.
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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    I was also going to suggest trying another knot i find a blood knot a bit of phaf to tie compared to a 3twn or davy knot both can be tied in seconds even without glasses.

    It's unfortunate that orvis only do them in 2.5 or I'd have bought them in the past as already mentioned its a hassle changing between sun glasses and readers.

    Al

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    Default Re: Tying knots with deteriorating eyesight - advice?

    These are the ones I use, now that my arms aren't long enough to read a menu/tie a knot etc there's no need to change glasses etc as these just flip[ up under the cap visor. You can also get clip-ons that attached to the glasses but i'm not sure they'd be secure enough to stay on and not drop into the water.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carson-Viso.../dp/B0018SMMVS

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    I got fed up with changes from distance to readers to sunglasses. Good old ASDA, I ended up getting prescription varifocals with Polarising lenses for second pair in their deals. There are also magnetic fly threaders that you can buy, won't help tying knots but helps getting the tippet through the eye of the fly. If my eyesight deteriorates more I'll go to buying a clip on cap magnifier.
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