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Vision, glasses, trust and the tactile sense.

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#1 easterngray


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:03 PM

Its been an interesting tying season for me as regards my vision. Im 57 years old and have been wearing glasses for the last 30 years, bifocals for the last 10. When I sat down at the vise this past autumn I noticed a considerable difference in my near-field vision at the vise... it was worse! Without the aid of an old Herters clamp mounted magnifying glass, the thread and materials were pretty much out of focus. I did find the magnifying glass to be a bit of a bother though, so I used it on only the smallest of the flies I tie, about a size 14 or 16. I pressed on and subsequently tied more flies this off-season than I have in quite a few years and really discovered that TOUCH, FEEL and yes even TRUST IN YOUR ABILITY play a larger role in tying then I ever imagined. The connection we have with the tying thread is every bit as much tactile as it is visible; dare I say even more so. On those mornings when I really couldnt see a blessed thing, I relied on muscle memory and trust and the results were astonishingly good. The thread went where I wanted because I had done it so many times before. Its difficult to trust yourself to continue to tie when you cant see, but by golly it works!
I picked up my new glasses after work today and headed straight to the vise when I got home. To my delight, everything is now sharply in focus and clear as a bell. I let out a whoop of joy and broke out the polar bear in celebration and tied up some smallie streamers.
I wouldnt want to tie like I have been doing the last 4 months again, but it did teach me some interesting lessons in the fundamental roots of our skills at the vise that I probably wouldnt have learned otherwise. Im not suggesting it made me a better tyer, but it certainly made me a more confident and grateful one.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 10:11 PM

I feel your pain Alec. At 55 I now tie with my glasses off and a magnifier for the smaller sizes. I tried bifocals but I didnt like them so went back to regular glasses. I think eye strain plays a big part for me being a welder by trade







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Posted 07 March 2019 - 10:16 AM

My eyes are shot, diabetes hasn't been kind





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#4 ted patlen

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 03:21 PM

I have had CSS as well as CHS, and all the other maladies that effect the five senses blush.png

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 10:09 PM

My eyes are shot, diabetes hasn't been kind

If magnification and light helps, I can recommend some reasonably priced, American made surgical binoculars with led light source.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:02 PM

https://lumadent.com/products/flip-up-3-0x.html     I like this company.  They make very good led lights with batteries.  The price for these binoculars seems good relative to the competition.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:20 PM

That link didnt work for me.

A 4 inch 6x magnifyer with a beige 8x10 background card and a 100w spotlight all 12 inches or so from the vise is what works for my eyes. Tried tying with reading glasses but trying to pick up materials gave me a headache.
The magnifyer is close enough to me that field of vision is only the background card with a little hair of table at the bottom edge. I dont tie in the summer as the light puts off a lot of heat and a 60w isnt enough light. That and Im fishing more than at home.