Last 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.
There are several techniques for creating a stable, upright post for a Parachute pattern, and last week Tim demonstrated the traditional method. In today’s video, he shows you what may be the simplest way to create an accurate, smooth, tight post, which then makes wrapping the hackle easier, as well. The key is to reposition the hook in the vise jaws so that gravity is helping to maintain tension on the thread. This is one of the those situations where you find yourself saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”