Sharpen up

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

Bobby Wat­son has found one use for Sharpie marker pens when ty­ing flies: here are four more: Add stripes or other mark­ings to liven up an un­re­mark­able lure. In­stead of stick-on eyes that only stick for so long, cre­ate your own, with a painted eye that’s fin­ished off with a Sharpie ‘pupil’. For quick rib­bing once you’ve built up the body of a fly with thread, colour a cou­ple of inches of the thread with a pen and wrap it round. If you find your­self by the water with the right pat­tern but the wrong colour, use a Sharpie to lighten or darken it. Black, khaki and grey can be use­ful op­tions.

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