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.
Creating a stable, upright post for a Parachute pattern is vital to both the fly’s look and its performance on the water. As you might imagine, there are several methods for tying the post, and Tim Flagler knows most of them. Here, he demonstrates the traditional method, which is simple and straightforward. One of the keys is spinning your bobbin to flatten the thread for more contact with the posting material.