Video: How to Build a Tapered Thread Body

Here’s another video in our series called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques,” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

Building a tapered thread body on a small hook, for a fly such as a Zebra Midge, is a fairly simple process, but things can go wrong pretty easily. You don’t want to end up with a misshapen or fat fly. Here, Tim shows you exactly how to use a three-step wrapping process to ensure a smooth body that tapers from front to back. His method of flattening the thread creates an even platform for the rib, as well.

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