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.