Gallows tool - useful?

mebu

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Just spent some time trying out a gallows tool for klinks.

Found it to be more trouble than it's worth, no neater fly and no quicker.

Anyone else use one?; should I stick with it and get the hang of it or just use fingers as before?

Peter
 

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More hinderance than a help tying klinks, hold the post with your fingers foe a few wraps then it should stand up itself while you finish the rest. With a gallows tool you need to use two hands to pass it around the thing!
 

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Have one, hardly use it, it's the clip type. I did have one years ago that was a hook with a spring, only good if tying parachutes using nylon loops, still dammed fiddley.
 

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Just spent some time trying out a gallows tool for klinks.

Found it to be more trouble than it's worth, no neater fly and no quicker.

Anyone else use one?; should I stick with it and get the hang of it or just use fingers as before?

Peter

Funnily enough, I acquired one last week - my first in all the years of not using or needing one.

I have been using it for the hackle stack method, where the winding post is just a loop of nylon that doesn't stand up on its own at any point. I found the tool very useful.

This is the fly, being done by hand....


This is my tool in use...



Finished fly...

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Having tied up a whole bunch of paraloop mayfly spinners by hand, where the hackle post is a stub of Spanflex rib, I am now thinking I should have waited until I got the gallows tool - would be much easier.

Col
 

scottp

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I made one from a piece of flexible wire and a nylon collar that goes on the vise shaft; makes it much easier for me to tie extended bodies, either deer hair

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Or foam

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Regards,
Scott
 
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mebu

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Thanks for the replies. Tied some more klinks with fingers, much easier and neater.

Anyone want to buy a gallows tool?;)
 

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