Welcome to the latest installment of our series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video demonstrates 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.
The phrase “Less is more” can be applied to many aspects of fly tying, but it’s especially true when you’re talking about adding dubbing to thread. Many tiers grab too big a pinch and then try to force it into a thin noodle on the thread, which results in a lumpy, misshapen fly body. Here, Tim demonstrates how to start sparse and then go even sparser to create a thin, even noodle. He even shows you how to hold the dubbing pinched in one hand so you can pull it upward with the other to align the fibers with the thread. This simple trick will make your fly bodies look 100% better.