intruder shanks...

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by pirate, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. pirate

    pirate Member

    I was just wondering, what do other tiers use for shanks when tying intruders? It seems like Waddington shanks have been discontinued... so i've been looking for an alternative before i run low on my supply of shanks. If you're using a hook, what do you use to cut it?
  2. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

    Senyo intruder shanks or flymen shanks
  3. Brandon4455

    Brandon4455 Bobber Down!

    you can use bolt or wire cutters to cut hooks. thats what i do.
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  4. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    I use hooks

    cut the points off so you dont cut yourself while tying
  5. 0101tj

    0101tj Member

    Cut your waddington shanks opposite of the break in the shank and you will double your supply one eye will be straight and one bent thoe
  6. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

  7. 0101tj

    0101tj Member

    50 for the price of 25 will last a little longer if you don't live next to the fly shop!
  8. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

  9. Steve Knapp

    Steve Knapp Beach Bum

    I've been using Senyo's as well. I think they're like $7-8 for 20. Kind of expensive, but I like them so far.
  10. cmann886

    cmann886 Active Member

    If you want to go real cheap, use cotter pins--- I generally buy cheap hooks and use lineman pliers to cut the hook off of the shank, but generally cut it after tying---easier for me to grip the hook than a shank...
  11. speyfisher

    speyfisher Active Member

    3" hairpins, round wire, available @ beauty supply stores, cheap! S.S. Amish hairpins, fleabay.
  12. Brian Thomas

    Brian Thomas Active Member

    I`ve been using hairpins recently as well . I like them .

    BTW ... I was told that Mustad are now producing Waddingtons again .
  13. Flyborg

    Flyborg Active Member

    I've been tying my fancier stuff on the new Senyo shanks. I've tried wire forms but don't like how flexible they are. The bulk of my flies still get tied on cotter pins which you can get for around 2 cents a piece in various sizes.

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