Video: Glossy vs. Penetrating Finishes

Here, Tim explains when you want to use a glossy finish–one that stands out from the fly materials, and when you should go with a penetrating fish–one that soaks into the materials. The effects of each are quite different, . . .

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Video: How to Measure Hackles

One of the keys to a well-proportioned fly pattern is using the correct size hackle. And it’s not just about the appearance of the fly, as most dry-fly patterns depend on a certain length of hackle to ride properly on the . . .

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Video: How to Dub a Super-Slim Body

Getting the right amount of dubbing on your thread to make a fly body can be tough for some tiers, and the tendency is to use too much dubbing. The result is often a body that’s fatter than you want it to be, or you have to try to get the dubbing off your . . .

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Video: How to Use Epoxy Resins

Last week, Tim covered UV-cure resins, and here he focuses on the older technology of epoxy resins. As Tim notes, many tiers prefer epoxy resins because they are cheaper and result in an almost indestructible coating. As usual, . . .

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Video: How to Debarb Hooks Before You Tie

If you like to fish barbless–the value of which is a debate for another day–you’ll find it’s much easier to do a good job mashing the hook barb before you tie the fly. That way, no materials are in the way, and you’re not trying to do . . .

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