Video: How to Wrap Wire Weight Without Waste

In this great video, Tim shows you how he wraps lead-free wire on the hook shank without wasting any. Plus, his method allows you to create a tapered body on the fly and lock a bead into place. Once you learn this technique, you’ll never fumble with . . .

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How to Tie Steve Cobb’s Thanksgiving Turkey Fly


The author’s original pattern went viral on social media a few years ago.
All photos by Steve Cobb

Steve Cobb’s Santa Fly has been a favorite on this blog for a few years now, and he was kind enough to show us how to tie it a couple years ago. That post was such a big hit that I asked . . .

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Video: How to Make a Pinch Wrap

One thing that new fly tiers often struggle with is keeping materials in place during the tie-in process. Because you are wrapping thread around fine fibers or hairs, they often want to roll around . . .

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Video: How to Store Fly Tying Tools

There are myriad ways to store your fly-tying tools, but not all are created equal. You want the tools easily accessible, protected from harm, and conveniently arranged. Here, Tim walks you through some of his systems and the shares an ingenious . . .

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Video: Why You Should Tie with Pine Squirrel

This week,Tim talks about why he loves using pine squirrel in streamer patterns. The material is relatively inexpensive, has fine markings that imitate baitfish, and it undulates in the water nicely. Try tying your favorite patterns, substituting pine . . .

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Video: How to Tie Jeff Blood’s White Death

In this week’s video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler walks you through the process of tying the White Death streamer, created by Pennsylvania angler Jeff Blood. It’s a simple pattern that imitates a variety of species of shiner, which are . . .

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Video: 3 Ways to Tie-In Dry-Fly Hackle

In this week’s video, Tim demonstrates three different methods for attaching dry-fly hackle. He starts with the most basic, traditional method, then shows how to improve on that in two ways. Each method has its place, but it’s always good to . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to Tie More Efficiently

Fly-tying is a life long adventure that I hope is a source of relaxation and renewal for those that pursue it. The tips in this video are not meant to rush you through the process of creating. . .

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Video: How to Maintain the Correct Thread Length

Some tiers struggle with maintaining proper thread length while tying. We’ve all seen someone (perhaps ourselves) making huge circles around the hook shank or struggling with the bobbin head getting in the way. In this great video, Tim demonstrates . . .

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