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How and Why to Rib a Fly (37 of 57)

Adding some ribbing to a fly pattern serves several purposes: it creates segmentation that mimics natural insects; it adds flash, color, or translucence; and it adds to a fly’s durability. Here, Tim demonstrates the proper methods for ribbing a fly, and I’ve always loved the way he braces the hook shank with the tip of his bobbin and “helicopters” the wire to break it off clean.