Video: Understanding Fly-Tying Waxes

In this installment, Tim walks you through the three different kinds of wax used in fly tying. All of them are applied to the thread, but they perform quite differently and offer different results. Whether you’re trying to create a tight, smooth dubbing body, . . .

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Video: Fun with Craft Foam, Part 2

Back in March, Tim explained the basics of tying with craft foam, and here he gets into some of the tools that will help you get the most out of each sheet of foam. He loves cutting tools from River Road Creations, which are easy to use and create perfect . . .

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Video: How to Use Painter’s Tape in Fly Tying

In this video, Tim explains how painter’s tape can help you keep materials on the hook shank separate during the tying process. This is especially useful when you are doing extensive trimming, such as with spun deer hair. You can trim away without . . .

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Video: Fun with Craft Foam, Part 1

In this video, Tim explains the basics of tying with craft foam, from choosing which products to buy to various methods of cutting it into strips. Once you’ve got these strips down, you can use them to create a variety of buoyant patterns for all kinds of . . .

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Video: How to Create a Brighter Floss Body

In this video, Tim explains why floss often looks darker on the hook shank than it does on the spool–especially if it’s tied on a black hook–and then demonstrates how you can overcome this problem. The key is to lay down a base of white before you . . .

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Video: How to Wrap a Floss Body

Tying with floss can be frustrating because the strands of material can be hard to control. Here, Tim offers solutions that range from making sure your fingers aren’t rough to using the thread tension of the hanging bobbin to keep everything in place. . . .

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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: A Primer on Synthetic Dubbing Materials

Previously, Tim has walked you through the options for natural dubbing materials, and here he takes you through some of the myriad choices of man-made stuff. There are so many different kinds of synthetic dubbing that Tim can’t name them all, so he . . .

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