One Minute Fly Tying Tips
Welcome to our One Minute Fly Tying Tips series focused on the most technical aspects of fly fishing. Check back often for the latest video.
How to Wrap Multi-Strand Materials on the Hook
Wrapping a single strand of, say, chenille on a hook to create a fly body can be frustrating enough, if the wraps don’t touch or the body comes out lumpy and uneven. When you add the complexity of multiple strands that have to be controlled during the wrapping process, it can drive a tier batty. But Tim Flagler has a ridiculously simple solution–instead of repositioning your thread at the front of the shank and wrapping the materials up to that point, wrap the materials behind the thread, using the tension of the handing bobbin to keep all the matrials in place.
How to Save Your Work with Half Hitches
One of the more frustrating things that can happen when you’re tying a fly is when the work you’ve just done unwraps–because you lost your grip, you didn’t secure tha material well enough, or the thread breaks. In this great video, Tim shows you how to use quick half hitches to save your work. This allows you to pause–to answer the phone, for instance–without worrying that the peacock herl you just wrapped is going to come undone. It’s a simple trick that can save time and help you avoid cursing at the vise.
How to Use a Whip-Finish Tool
Tim teaches you how to properly use the tool designed to create whip finishes. When you look at the tool, it’s not necessarily clear how you use it, and the thread can sometimes fly off in the middle of trying to tie-off the thread. Here, he demonstrates how to address the thread with the tool and then how to properly angle it to ensure you get a nice, smooth knot.
How to Hand Whip-Finish
Tim demonstrates a simple method for tying off the thread by making a whip-finish by hand. There is, of course, a tool to make whip-finishes, but some tiers prefer doing it by hand because it’s quicker. This is especially easier on larger flies, but can be tough when hooks get smaller.
How to Secure a Hook in a Tying Vise
In our fifth installment, Tim demonstrates how to properly seat a hook in the vise. There are three reasons that you really want to make sure you’ve done this correctly: 1. to avoid the hook slipping as you wrap materials; 2. to give you enough room to work (especially on small hooks); and 3. to keep from accidentally stabbing yourself, which can be really painful.
Understanding Tying-Thread Sizes
Tim discusses the different numbering systems for tying thread, which can be quite confusing. For instance, in the “ought” system, the larger the number the smaller the thread, but in the denier system, the opposite is true. As always, Tim helps to clarify and simplify the issue.
Below is a selection of fly fishing chapters. Simply click on the thumbnails below to view the corresponding fly fishing lessons.