Here’s the latest installment of our series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches 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.
Having the right tool in your fly-tying kit will make you a better, faster tier and will make certain jobs considerably easier. A standard hobby knife comes in handy in a variety of ways: it helps you strip old or damaged materials off a perfectly good hook; will cut away any tying mistakes you made, allowing you to quickly start over; and offers a simple way to cut materials with a clean, straight edge. If Tim thinks a hobby knife is a useful tool to keep on the tying desk, I’m sure you’ll agree.