I like these for the fact that they enable me to use a knot that is much tighter than a fly line to leader knot. This allows the leader to be reeled up through the guides much easier and smoother than with a conventional line to leader knot. This is a big help with long leaders when landing a fish. I was skeptical of these and the possibility of failure(pulling out of the line) but thought I'd try them anyway. I don't recall ever having one of these pull out of my line although I have never caught any fish bigger than a couple of pounds while using these so I can't say how they would perform with larger fish. I haven't had any problems using these and they make re-tying leaders easier.
July 22, 2012
Handy little gadget!
I started fly fishing when I was around ten years of age and can only remember using a knot to attach fly leader for the first couple of years. After that I have always used no-knot eyelets.
A lot of folks reviewing this item have mentioned having trouble inserting it into the end of their fly line. I was taught to simply get it started in the fly line and then gently tap it in using a teaspoon while keeping the end of the fly line straight - never a problem!
I guess I have been using no-knot eyelets for 59+ years and "YES" I highly recommend them.
May 7, 2014
I have been using Eyelets on my Fly Rods for over 50 years. Glad to find that you carry them as most stores do not.
I purchased 2 sizes. The smaller size , installed on a friends new fly rod. I am coaching him on Fly Fishing. He is 84 years old. I am also coaching my Grand sons [7 to 12 yrs]. I started at age 10 and at 74, still love Fly Fishing. There is nothing quite like it.
Thanks for the good service.
July 12, 2012
A bit of a challenge for old eyes and fingers. But, I tried jerry's suggestion and used a pin to make a hole in the 5W line, but it was too big to go far enough. I wound up taking on of the eyelets and squeezing the barbs down and used it to make a pilot hole. I made sure that I went as deep as I needed by sizing up against a good barb. Then I replaced the pilot barb with a good one. That worked for me.
July 3, 2013