Welcome to our series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from the studio of 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.
For the last five 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–as well as how to finish the post. In today’s video, he shows you how to hackle the post without using your tying thread. The problem that plagues many tiers is that it’s difficult to tie off the thread and then whip-finish without trapping a bunch of hackle fibers, which creates a messy-looking fly. Here, Tim shows you how to use UV-cure resin to secure the hackle to the post. The benefits are obvious, and the fly turns out looking clean and neat.