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Default How do I use a Whip Finish Tool

Tutorial courtesy of: Simon Young - Fish&Fly 28/08/2009 09:59:00

Using a Whip Finish tool (right handed tiers ! )
This is a short tutorial on how to use a whip finish tool to form a small neat head on a fly


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Step 1.
With the tying thread held taut by the bobbin holder in the Left hand and the Whip Finish tool held vertically in the Right hand, place the tool so that the smaller hooked end is BEHIND the thread and the larger sprung curved end is in FRONT of the thread.
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Step 2.
Tilt the tool toward yourself and hook the smaller tool end around the thread.
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Step 3.
With the Left hand, bring the thread UP under and into the larger hooked end.
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Step 4.
With the thread held taut move the Left hand to the left and rotate the tool in the Right hand away from you whilst moving the right hand upward.
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Step 5.
Continue with the rotation of the tool in the Right hand whilst moving the Left hand up toward the hook shank, the thread from the bobbin holder in the Left hand should be in FRONT of the thread hanging from the head of the fly.
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Step 6.
Keeping the thread under tension with both hands, continue to move the Right hand up so that the shaft of the Whip Finish Tool is parallel to the hook shank, the thread from the bobbin holder should also be in that position.
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Step 7.
Still keeping the thread under tension, with the Right hand rotate the Whip Finish Tool so that it wraps a few turns firmly around the head of the fly.
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Step 8.
Angle the tool slightly toward you and release the smaller hooked end from the thread making sure tension on the thread is maintained with the Left hand

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Step 9.
Move the Left hand to the left keeping the thread under tension which will reduce the size of the loop of thread formed between the head of the fly and the larger hooked end of the Whip Finish Tool.
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Step 10.
When this loop has pulled the tool tight toward the fly head slowly slide the tool out of the loop whilst pulling the thread tight with the Left hand to complete the process.
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Step 11.
Cut the remaining thread from the bobbin holder.
Practice on a bare hook several times to get used to the process.
Tip: Make sure that the thread is under tension at all times
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Here are some additional photos from Tob1.

Starting after step 8 above.
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Last edited by Frank Whiton; 09-13-2009 at 03:51 PM.
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