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Old 01-09-2006, 12:46 PM
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They are designed to be fit over the eye of the hook after the hackle has been wrapped and tied off so you can finish the head of the fly without tying down any hackle barbs. Just take one they eye fits through, use it to hold the hackle fibers back out of the way, and whip finish the head. Personally, I never use them because as Juro mentioned, it is far faster and easier to simply use your thumb and forefinger of the left hand to hold the hackle barbs back out of the way when finishing the head of the fly.
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