A couple months ago, we launched a new 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 when you’re tying a fly is when the work you’ve just done unwraps–because you lost your grip, you didn’t secure tha material well enough, or the thread breaks. In this great video, Tim shows you how to use quick half hitches to save your work. This allows you to pause–to answer the phone, for instance–without worrying that the peacock herl you just wrapped is going to come undone. It’s a simple trick that can save time and help you avoid cursing at the vise.