Video: How to Whip-Finish and Cut Your Thread Without Tools

Here’s the latest installment in the video series 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.

This week, Tim shows you a cool trick that can come in handy if you can’t find your scissors, or if you just feel like impressing your buddies. Using just his fingers and thread tension, Tim makes a whip-finish and then comes the really neat part: he cuts the thread with the thread. The key is to pull on the thread coming from the knot more than the thread coming from the bobbin. The taught thread and opposing forces will cut the thread cleanly at the knot.

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