SILKWORM GUT BLIND EYE
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FLY TYING SILKWORM GUT
Silkworm gut is used for tying an eye onto a blind eye hook. Mostly used when tying Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly patterns designed with historic and artistic values in mind.


Twisted strands of silkworm gut that have been
cut into 1 inch pieces. A single strand of silkworm
gut at bottom right corner of the photo.

SILKWORM GUT SIZE
Extra Small
Small
Medium
Large

Smaller sized silkworm gut strands will make for a smaller head on the fly. If you used extra-small silk gut on a size 7/0 hook, it might look proportionately too narrow compared to the hook's diameter.

There were four strands of silkworm gut in the above package. We twisted three strands and the fourth you can see in the photo. Some tiers will only twist two strands with the intention of creating a smaller heads .

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Three strands of silkworm gut that has
been twisted and the ends secured using
a nail. Let dry for 24 hours.

- Soak three strands in warm water for 24 hours. A thermos will help keep the water warm.
- Take end of the strands of silk and secure them by stretching out on a piece of wood and use a nail to secure the ends under the head.
- Grip the other end of the silk and twist the three strands. If any kinks or unevenness develops, loosen the twist and try again. After the three strands are evenly twisted around each other, then nail in place, Let dry for 24 hours. Cut into 1 to 1 1/4 pieces depending on the size of hook.

Once upon a time you could buy the silk gut already twisted, but

SILKWORM GUT EYE SUBSTITUTES
There are a couple substitutes that can be used instead of silkworm gut. White firewire and xx are some products available.

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Staggered ends for smooth taper when tying
the silk gut eye on the hook. Each of the three
strands of silkworm gut have been cut to different
lengths and this staggered effect will create a
bumpless transition between the silk gut and
hook shank and allow for a smaller head size.

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Silkworm Gut Eye tied onto a hook


Harrison Bartleet Blind Eye Hook
Designed for Classic Salmon Flies


Alec Jackson Blind Eye Hooks
Sleek Style Spey Fly Hooks

BLIND EYE HOOKS
Eyeless hooks are used for tying classic salmon flies. Instead of an eye, the shank is tapered to a point that will accommodate the tying in of a silkworm gut traditionally used in previous centuries. Modern day flies tied on these hooks are generally for display purposes.


Burnishing Tool
Used to help smooth out minor bumps
might of occurred when wrapping a silk
body. It will make a good job better, but
will not fix a bad job. Designed as a clay
modelers tool and adapted for fly tiers.

BURNISHING TOOL
More information about Burnishing Tools

FLY TYING FLOSS
FLY TYING SILK
FLY TYING THREAD
FLY TYING YARN

LINKS:
www.wormspit.com
Site about silkworms, silkmoths and home style silk production.

It is possible to raise your own silkworms. Just do an Internet search and there are several websites about the subject.

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This fly used yellow silk for the tag
and blue silk for the body with
a silver ribbing.

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More photos of silk flies...

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING SILKWORM GUT EYE