Video: When to Reverse Thread Direction and Why

Two weeks ago, Tim demonstrated how to reverse the thread direction around the hook. This caused several commenters to ask, “Why would you want to reverse the thread direction?” Always obliging, Tim shows how he . . .

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Video: How to Match a Bead to a Hook

Figuring out which size bead to use on a particular hook can be the key to a well-proportioned fly, but there are a tons of options. Here, Tim explains how to choose the right kind of bead and how to match the sizes, as well. Once you’ve got this . . .

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Video: How to Reverse Thread Direction

Some fly-tying patterns and techniques call for the tier to reverse the thread direction around the hook. Sounds easy, right? Nope. If you try to throw a half hitch or even a whip finish to anchor the thread, you’ll find that everything . . .

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Video: How to Make a Tie-In Anchor on a Feather

It’s really frustrating when a feather you’ve tied in slips through the thread wraps when you’re wrapping it. The stem of most feathers is quite slick, so it can be hard to get a solid grip with tying thread. To solve this problem, Tim . . .

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Video: How to Use Thread Wax

Thread wax is different from dubbing wax, in that it isn’t meant to make it easier to attach dubbing to the thread. Instead, the wax helps the thread grip materials it is wrapped around. It’s a subtle difference, but Tim Flagler . . .

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Video: Tying with Craft Fur, Part IV

In part IV of his series on Craft Fur, Tim demonstrates several methods for tying-in the fur on both the top and bottom of the hook. The orientation of the hair and the ways you can double it over or create a thread dam . . .

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Video: Tying with Craft Fur, Part III

In part III of his series on Craft Fur, Tim demonstrates an ingenious method for creating tapered ends on a clump of Craft Fur. This allows you easily to create realistic-looking tails on streamer patterns. All you gotta do is split, flip . . .

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Video: Tying with Craft Fur, Part II

In part II of his series on Craft Fur, Tim shows you how he prepares a new “pelt,” and then goes on to show you how useful the underhairs can be. By saving the fuzzy stuff as dubbing, you can use it in several ways to make great . . .

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