Earlier this year, 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.
In our fifth installment, Tim demonstrates how to properly seat a hook in the vise. There are three reasons that you really want to make sure you’ve done this correctly: 1. to avoid the hook slipping as you wrap materials; 2. to give you enough room to work (especially on small hooks); and 3. to keep from accidentally stabbing yourself, which can be really painful.