Made some shanks last night twisted from stainless safety wire (super strong). These cost me about 4 cents to build and less than 60 seconds each.
Thanks Ed!Mr. Dee, those look nice. I bet you could spin some up in different materials for different sink rates.
Mike, shanks are commonly used to tie the body of flies that use stinger hooks or are "articulated flies" such that the overall lengh is longer and the business end is near the rear of the fly. Check out the gallery of fly swaps for articulated swaps like these:
I thought The toothbrush blade was more popular.I prefer Wadington's... shanks are used in prison, or so I hear! :clown:
Could you give a more detailed description? Do you start with a strip, fold it over the loop/eye-piece, bring the two ends together, and start twisting? Does the wire stay together well enough, or do you coat it with anything?Twisted with pliers and used a short piece in the loop eye to grab on to this will avoid damage that could cut the leader. Set it in a vise and cut the end clean when finished.