Video: How to Create Balanced Subsurface Flies

Here’s another great 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.

A few weeks ago, Tim showed how most subsurface patterns drift perpendicular to the streambottom because of the way weight is distributed on the hook. This week, he demonstrates several ways you can add weight out in front of the hook eye or add flotation at the hook bend to create flies that are “balanced.” That is, they drift horizontally or exhibit a jigging motion when stripped.

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