Video: How to Taper the Ends of Synthetic Materials with Scissors

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.

Last week, Tim demonstrated a cool “slip and slide” method for creating a tapered baitfish body with synthetic materials. In this week’s lesson, he shows you how to do it using scissors. The way he twists the materials before cutting–using just the inside of the scissor jaws–produces remarkable results. Whoever thought that one up gets a gold star.

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