Video: How to Keep Slippery Materials from Spinning on the Hook Shank

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 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.

One of the more frustrating things that can happen at the fly-tying vise is when materials won’t stay in place on the hook shank. Slippery hair, such as deer or elk, and dumbbell eyes have a nasty tendency to spin around the shank after you’ve tied them in. Even cross wraps and glue often can’t stop it. Luckily, Tim has a ridiculously simple solution: lay down a small base of dubbing before you tie in the slippery stuff. Genius!

4 thoughts on “Video: How to Keep Slippery Materials from Spinning on the Hook Shank”

  1. thanks for the tips
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  2. I can’t believe it! Why didn’t I think of this before. Thank you sir, you’ve solved one of the real foot stompers I’ve dealt with on my parachute posts for years. You’re a genius, and I for one appreciate that you share your skills, talents and knowledge on this and so many other videos you’ve made.

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