A couple months ago, 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.
In this great video, Tim explains why he uses wire in so many of his patterns: not only does it add flash and segmentation, but it also make flies more durable. It’s frustrating when the peacock herl or hackle gets cut and a fly is rendered useless. A wire rib can keep all those materials in place.