No. 15 – Fishing Tips

9 June 2016 | Paul Procter

When Our Eyes Fail Us
The years are rarely kind to our eyesight and for one who prided himself on knotting on a fly in seconds, my vision has deteriorated over the last couple of seasons.  To be fair, given reasonable light and without the pressure of rising trout, changing flies isn’t too much of a chore though I’ve noticed that my arms will move backwards and forwards several times before anything resembling focus might be achieved!

My initial answer was a pair of 2x magnification specs that worked well enough.  However, placed around my neck to be constantly swapped with my polarised sunglasses, the retainers of each pair ended up in a tangled mess, making the process of attaching another fly more long-winded than ever.

By chance, I decided to give the Orvis Flip Focal 2.25x clip-on magnifier a whirl. These attach easily to the brim of a cap/hat and neatly fold away when not needed.  Admittedly, you’re conscious of them at first, but after a while they’re barely noticed.  Best of all, there’s no need to remove your polarised sunglasses when changing flies, making the whole job quick and easy.

Now, as good as the Flip Focal is, come dusk the idea of threading on a killing fly in fading light worries most anglers to the point they just soldier on with whatever they’re currently using. In truth, such actions remain counterintuitive, as you might as well be sinking into your favourite armchair at home than thrashing away with an inappropriate pattern.   

Arranging your imitations like sedges and blue-winged olives in one of the PosiGrip Threader fly boxes is, in my opinion, a step in the right direction.  Not only can the required fly be located quickly and without fuss, a huge fine-wire loop makes threading on a fly as easy child’s play, which in turn means we’re more likely to offer something of interest to rising trout.        

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Perhaps one of the more important accessories, the Orvis Flip Focal, fits snugly on the brim of caps and hats, doing away with the need for reading specs, etc. for changing flies.

Threaders make fly changes straightforward, especially in poor light.  Here, they’re loaded with caddis and B-WO spinners, ready for the evening rise.