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Old 12-18-2012, 10:08 AM
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Hey, I taught myself to hand whip finish....which seems actually easier than using the tool honestly! (seems easier to get things were I want them to go)

Which direction should I wrap thread? EXample -if I'm tying a fly with the eye facing "right" (I'm right-handed and tie as such), should I wind the wraps to the right (toward to the eye) as I whip? It seems easier to tie when going in that direction, but both seem to work.

Is there a right way to do this?

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Default Re: whip finish direction to move?

no right or wrong way, you just want to make sure the thread is wrapped over.
i.e. when you start the wrap, the thread leading to the bobbin, needs to be wrapped by the thread loop.
if you dont wrap over it, then you dont have a secure knot when you cut the bobbin off.
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Default Re: whip finish direction to move?

Which type of whip finish tool have you tried? The basic kit I got came with a Thompson style and I never quite got the hang of it, so I always half hitched. I then got myself a Martarelli style and found it to be much easier to use. I put a streamer hook into the vice and just practice whip finishing from the back of the shank to the front until I got it.

I learned in a fly tying book years ago that your wraps should always go away from you OVER the shank and towards you UNDER. As long as you're doing this, I'm not sure that it makes much of a difference.
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Default Re: whip finish direction to move?

you should continue the thread in the direction you were previously wrapping. So generally the thread is wrapped away from the tier. Just keep it going in that direction.

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Okay - that makes sense. Thank you!

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Hey, I taught myself to hand whip finish....which seems actually easier than using the tool honestly! (seems easier to get things were I want them to go)

Which direction should I wrap thread? EXample -if I'm tying a fly with the eye facing "right" (I'm right-handed and tie as such), should I wind the wraps to the right (toward to the eye) as I whip? It seems easier to tie when going in that direction, but both seem to work.

Is there a right way to do this?

Thanks,
There is a right way!

You should whip finish away from you starting away from the eye and making the thread wraps toward the eye. Wrapping it the other way makes the thread cross over the previous warps.

See the explanation below:

Whip Finish direction (Amanda--) - Fly Tying
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Default Re: whip finish direction to move?

I learned this tie off from Gary Borger about 15 - 20 years ago and have used it ever since. It's a fast and efficient once you get the hang of it -

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