Here’s the latest installment in an ongoing series of videos 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.
Some dubbing materials don’t want to stay on the thread, or they get unruly and unmanageable when you wrap the dubbing noodle on the hook shank. It’s frustrating to end up with a shapeless blob, when you envisioned a nice, tight dubbed body. Tim’s answer is ingenious: By anchoring the dubbing noodle on the hook shank, twisting it some more, and then not letting go, you can control the fibers and force them to go where you want. It might feel a bit awkward at first, as you let the bobbin hang below your fingers, but the results will speak for themselves.