I should have paid closer attention . . . not that it's ever happened to any of you. I stick pretty much to tradition for my flies and have never tied a tube fly or a "shank" fly. I like the concept of using a short shank hook on a long streamer fly, so I want to tie some streamers on old hooks I have laying around that I can cut the bend and point off. Do most dressers use mono for the loop of line from which the short shank hook hangs? How heavy a test? And is the monofilament just whipped to the long hook shank with tying thread? Should I use some glue or fly tying cement? If I don't fish this weekend, I plan to try tying some flies in this style, and while experimentation is fine, I'd prefer to attach the loops securely enough so that they won't strip free. Sincerely, Salmo g.