Because of some other pressing projects, I haven't had time to carry out the experiments laid out in the previous post. However, I did sit down and work on my hand-tying without a vise. I have seen photographs of really nice kebari tied in-hand by master Japanese tenkara practitioners. I knew with a little practice, I could do better than the ratty little fly I photographed. So I tied, cut, retied over and over again until the muscles began to relax to their task, and the process became a little easier. I also discovered that half-hitches are a hand-tier's best friend. Anyways, its fun to mess around, and I look forward to doing this in the field.