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    Default Jim

    I hope you guys can help, I've recently started fly fishing again after quite a few years as I'm now semi retired. The problem I have is that my eyes aren't what they were and I have difficulty tying my rigs. Can I purchase ready tied rigs anywhere?

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    Default Re: Jim

    How about tying your rigs in the comfort of your home and putting them on something like the Orvis rig holder..or Korda rig holders.
    Welcome to the Forum.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: Jim

    My eye sight isn't getting any better either and tying flies on can be a pain.
    I do carry a few ready tied rigs that I tie up at home, just simple ones, but haven't used them yet. I put them in zip lock bags and keep them in a CD case, an idea I came across on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    How about tying your rigs in the comfort of your home and putting them on something like the Orvis rig holder..or Korda rig holders.
    Welcome to the Forum.

    Jim
    Or Pole Rig holders from your local coarse tackle shop. Not as good as the Orvis jobs, but a lot cheaper. Just thrown a load out (the last of my coarse stuff) recently. !
    We came, we saw, we had tea & scones.

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    Default Re: Jim

    Is the main problem tying the leader or tying the flies onto the leader?

    if its making the leader up then most stores should sell ready made leaders.

    If its tying the flies on then what about something like this

    https://www.amazon.com/Yosoo-Aluminu...hook+knot+tool

    or trying something like these if they don't swamp the size of your fly

    Mustad Fly Snap Hooks | Snap Hook | Farlows

    Never tried them but I did know someone that used them on traditional wets because he had some nerve damage in his fingers.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Jim

    Ever considered going to an optician?

    We all tend to suffer failing eyesight as we get older, but with a decent pair of specs tying on flies should not pose any problems.

    As for "rigs" I leave those to our coarse fishing brethren. Fly fishers don't have rigs, we have leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Ever considered going to an optician?

    We all tend to suffer failing eyesight as we get older, but with a decent pair of specs tying on flies should not pose any problems.

    As for "rigs" I leave those to our coarse fishing brethren. Fly fishers don't have rigs, we have leaders.
    I know many anglers who tie up leaders before they go out fishing and they often put them on Rig holders.rather than cast holdersJust a matter of Semantics

    Jim
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    Default Re: Jim

    I usually pre-tie leaders with droppers a day or two before my trip and store them singly on empty mono/fluro spools

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    Quote Originally Posted by airebugwafter View Post
    Or Pole Rig holders from your local coarse tackle shop. Not as good as the Orvis jobs, but a lot cheaper. Just thrown a load out (the last of my coarse stuff) recently. !
    I personally would go with the pole rig holders. I have tried them but they leave severe kinks. Far better using circular holders. Old tippet spools are ideal.
    Depending on your eyesight problem, you could try clip-on flip-up magnifiers either on a cap or over glasses if you need to wear them.
    I have a wife and daughter. I'm always wrong and outnumbered.

    A Lancsy Lad.

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    Thanks everyone for the ideas and warm welcome. I've ordered a magnifying glass with light so I'll pre tie a few and I'll buy a rig holder. Thanks again

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