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H.S.C. Antique Silk Gut
This is the real deal – almost 100 years old genuine antique silkworm gut for making gut loop eyes for blind eye hooks. Gut loop eyes were widely used till the mid 20th century until metal eyes replaced them.
Silk gut is actually a stretched out silk gland of a silkworm moth (Bombyx mori). Just before the worm weaves it’s cocoon it is killed and let soak in a solution of vinegar and salt. After some 12 hours the glands are taken off the worm and stretched out to silk strands. After pulling the skin in the strands is taken off by scraping it. The result is a monofilamentlike clearish strand of silk gut.
Out antique silk gut is hand twisted in our shop using two strands. The gut has a natural pale white colour or tinted with brown or grey and thickness of some 0,8mm. This rare antique gut is the best in quality we have ever seen. It is excellent stuff for making eyes for your Classic Salmon Flies. We do not recommend this gut to be used in fishing flies! Availability extremely limited!
The gut eye for a hook is formed so that first a suitable piece of gut is cut and soaked a bit to soften it just slightly. Then using a tube e.g. bobbing holder tube the gut is shaped to a form a loop. By pressing the bases of the loop against the tube one can make a nice symmetrical loop eye of the gut. The gut eye is then tied in with tying thread underneath or on the sides of the hook shank. The tying is left a little bit short just behind the eye which can be used in advance if tied a fly without vice. Varnish or super glue is used to secure the gut eye in place.