Video: Understanding Shanks

Welcome to the latest installment of our 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.

More and more streamer patterns are being tied using shanks, which allow for extended-body and articulated flies. Tim explains the differences among the three main types of shanks–Waddington, Intruder, and articulated. The way each is used produces a different effect in the final pattern.

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