Video: How to Start Your Thread on the Hook

Regular Orvis News readers have come to expect a brilliant step-by-step fly-tying video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions every Wednesday. One of the great things about all of Tim’s videos is that they offer useful tips and tricks that tiers can use on a variety of patterns, not just the one featured in the video.

Building on this concept, we asked Tim to create a new series of videos that he calls “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques.” Rather than focusing on a particular pattern, each video in the new series 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 this first installment, Tim tackles the first step of most fly patterns: attaching the thread to the hook. We look forward to posting a new video every Tuesday, helping our readers improve their skills. And if you’ve always wanted to learn to tie, this series will be a great tool to help you get started.

6 thoughts on “Video: How to Start Your Thread on the Hook”

  1. Great idea. While learning new patterns is fun, nothing beats knowing the fundamentals that are essential to making that new pattern work.

  2. Sure its a demo video but just look at the length of that tag end. 20 of those and you’ve already wasted a full meter of thread off your bobbin. I try and teach begginers from the get go to waist as little as possible because of this same reason.
    Since 2005 ive tide roughly 53600 flies for clients. Had I even had a tag end of even just 20mm that would have worked out to 107200cm = 1007.2m = 1.0072km of wastage of thread. Food for thought.

  3. Valid point on the thread waste – but I will point out that he does goes out of his way to suggest ways to minimize waste in many of his other videos. It’s one of the things I really like about his stuff.

  4. Nice website. Very nice close-up camera work.
    We, of the Cherokee Tribe, put the string though the hole first…
    Harry Tootle, Director at

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