My old Hardy Wheatley has the point/hook saver installed so you would be pulling the hook in. Becoming accustomed to that it was just how I normally loaded them. Not really sure if there is a benefit to one way vs the other.Matt, I'm not sure pulling them into the clips is better. Seems you would have a greater chance of clipping hackles and damaging flies putting them in the 'right' way.
In my opinion, if one was to "push" the iron into the clip there is a greater chance of folding hackles and cheeks (JC nails) ... I have done this :hihi:
By "pulling" the iron into place, the hackle is not "back-combed" and lays down flat and so do the cheeks.