Welcome to our series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach 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.
For the last four weeks, Tim has been demonstrating different methods for creating a stable, upright post for a Parachute pattern: the traditional method, the 90-degree method, the UV-resin method, and the needle method. In today’s video, he shows you how to finish the fly on the post itself, rather than behind the hook eye. This way, you don’t have to worry about trapping a bunch of hackle fibers when you whip-finish, and it makes for a much cleaner fly. You can use this technique along with any of the posting methods he’s covered.