Video: Good-to-Have Fly-Tying Tools

In last week’s video, Tim discussed those tools he deems absolutely essential, and here he lists the next level down: those tools you may not absolutely need but will make your time at the vise much easier and . . .

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Video: The Fly-Tying Tools You Really Need

If you’re going to be a fly tier, you’re going to need some tools, but which ones? Here, Tim explains which tools he deems absolutely essential, from a selection of scissors to whip-finishers, to a caddy to hold everything in place. . . .

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Video: How to Bond Layers of Craft Foam

Many dry-fly imitations of terrestrials and stoneflies feature foam bodies created by stacking different color foam. Here. Tim demonstrates his method for creating these multi-layer . . .

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Video: How to Create Balanced Subsurface Flies

Last week, Tim showed how most subsurface patterns drift perpendicular to the streambottom because of the way weight is distributed on the hook. This week, he demonstrates several ways you can add weight out in front of . . .

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Video: How Nymphs Drift Underwater

When you’re tying nymphs patterns, you might think that where you add the weight makes a huge difference in how the fly is oriented when it drifts downstream. As Tim explains here, almost all nymphs end up drifting . . .

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Video: How to Whip Finish with Finesse

Once you get the hang of it, whip-finishing is not difficult–whether you use a tool or your fingers. However, there’s more to a good whip-finish than simply wrapping thread over itself. As Tim demonstrates, for a . . .

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Video: A Primer on Natural Dubbing Materials

There are lots of choices when it comes to natural dubbing materials, but do you know the differences between, say, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, or angora? Tim offers a quick take on each, highlighting its best uses for fly tiers. As you build your . . .

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Video: How to Cut Thin Strips of Tying Materials

When you’re cutting fly-tying materials into thin strips–especially if you want to prepare for a bunch of flies–accuracy and consistency are the keys. If you cut well, your flies won’t be variable and you won’t waste . . .

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Video: How to Use a Head-Cement Applicator Bottle

Head cement can be hard to control if you’re just applying it with the tip of your bodkin or something similar. Plus, the cement itself can thicken and become discolored if you leave the lid off the jar. Tim uses a specialized head-cement . . .

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