Video: The Pros and Cons of Tying with Monofilament Thread

Here’s the latest installment in an ongoing series of videos 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.

Monofilament thread is remarkably thing and strong, and it allows the colors of other materials to show through. However, mono thread can be tough to work with because it is so slippery. Here, Tim explains when that slipperiness is actually an advantage and shows several saltwater patterns that really show off the material’s usefulness. If you tie saltwater patterns such as Bob Popovics’s Surf Candy, you’ll need to get used to tying with monofilament.

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