Video: How to Use a Whip-Finish Tool

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.

Previously, Tim demonstrated how to make a whip finish with your hands. In our seventh installment, he teaches you how to properly use the tool designed to create whip finishes. When you look at the tool, it’s not necessarily clear how you use it, and the thread can sometimes fly off in the middle of trying to tie-off the thread. Here, he demonstrates how to address the thread with the tool and then how to properly angle it to ensure you get a nice, smooth knot.

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