Tying Tips Edition 1
Don't Whip Finish -
Half Hitch instead!
Never mind playing around
with whip finishers trying to tie off your fly patterns.
They are relatively expensive, cumbersome to first learn
to use but most of all unnecessary. Just pick up a
dubbing needle with a hollow end or even a biro tube.
Put a loop of thread around the tube and simply slide
the tube and loop over the hook eye and slip off onto
the hook. Do two or three of these to secure and then
cut the thread away. This knot is as strong as can be,
is not bulky and can be performed in a matter of seconds.
Most of the full time tiers I know swear by it for these
reasons and whether to add head cement is up to you,
but we never do.
When tying the key to efficiency
is thinking about what your doing and setting up prior
to the actual tying. Materials should be ready to go
on the bench, in order of their tying in if that is
your preference. One thing that costs tiers a lot of
their time is constantly picking up and putting
down of tools. One way you can be more efficient is
to get used to not putting down your scissors. Rather
than placing them on your tying bench in between steps,
simply slide them down your fingers and continue working.
It is amazing how many things you can do with your scissors
in this position. Then when you need them they are ready
Tying off Parachute
Parachute hackled flies
have had some negative publicity in as much as they
are considered by most as more difficult to tie. This
could not be further from the truth. The trick is this.
Tie in the
hackle so that it sits pointing to the rear of the fly
at about 35 degrees of an angle off the hook shank and
on the near side of the wing. Wind in a clockwise direction
with each successive turn slightly beneath the previous
one. When the hackle is done pull it towards you firmly
on the near side of the wing and hold it slightly below
the level of the hook. Take a turn of thread around
the top of the hackle stem you are holding bedding it
down against the wing. Then take another turn doing
the same only this time taking the thread below the
hackle stem. Then one more turn but this time like the
first one above the hackle stem. Then take the thread
along the top of the fly to the hook eye, pulling it
firmly so that it bites into the dubbing. Make a few
wraps, add a couple of half hitches to finish. See other
parachure ties in the Fly
of the Week Archives.