Just one modification - assuming that you still have a 35mm film canister knocking around.I use a dubbing needle and wipe it clean on a tissue after use.
This is a really good idea, I normally use a needle and stick it in a block of polystyrene I keep my materials, I still have to clean the needle or it gets a build up of varnish.Just one modification - assuming that you still have a 35mm film canister knocking around.
Take a 35mm film canister stuff it really full with wire wool or green pan scourer, cut a cross in the lid and replace the lid. Store and clean your dubbing needle in this - inserting the needle through the cross you cut in the lid.
Cleans the dubbing needle, stores it safely and also makes it big enough not to lose it.
That's a good point. I usually use the left over tips from a feather and run it through the eye after applying varnish. Saves that annoying moment when the fish are up and you need to unblock the hook eyeI use a dubbing needle too and the bit from the bottom of a peacock hurl to clean the hook eye if any varnish gets into it.