Video: How to Make Half-Hitches with Your Tying Scissors

Here’s the latest installment in 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.

Lots of fly tiers like to use half-hitch knots to save their work or to finish off the fly’s head. As usual, Tim has a better, faster way to do this, which will be especially useful for those tiers who like to keep their scissors in their hand. By wrapping the thread around the closed scissor blades and then guiding the loop over the eye of the hook, Tim makes a perfect half-hitch every time. By using a reverse half-hitch, followed by a regular one, you can make the knot even more robust.

One thought on “Video: How to Make Half-Hitches with Your Tying Scissors”

  1. Tim,

    Been using that for years, and have found that you need to check out whether your scissors will cut the thread on the back edge of the blade. Razor scissors are usually the culprit. I discovered this issue as I was tying off one of my better ties.

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