Video: Why You Should Trim Materials Before Tying Them In

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.

In this video, Tim explains why he prefers to trim fibers, feathers, and hair before tying them in. It makes for a cleaner transition and perfect proportions. One of the keys is to spin your thread so that it jumps rearward on the first wrap, catching the trimmed butts. Give this a try, and your patterns will look cleaner and more elegant.

2 thoughts on “Video: Why You Should Trim Materials Before Tying Them In”

    1. What type of cutter you used for this trimmed materials? By the way, clear and simple video to understand. Your videos will enable us to be more confident for fly fishing.
      Best regards,

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