Video: How to Wrap Lead-Free Wire on the Hook

A few 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.

Adding lead-free wire helps get your flies to the bottom, but it can also make patterns look lumpy and misshapen. Plus, getting the stuff on the hook can be a pain. Here, Tim shows you how he does it, using plunger-style hackle pliers and his patented helicopter move. You’ll never curse at your wire again.

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