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Old 10-30-2013, 10:36 AM
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

There are two common types of whip finishers, the Matarelli and the Thompson. Most tiers prefer the Matarelli.

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It is not right or wrong to use a tool or whip by hand. However, there is a right and wrong way to whip finish. Most fly tiers do not know that the direction of the whip finish is important. The goal is to get a tight whip finish with the thread wraps laid adjacent going toward the hook eye.

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As to whether to whip by hand or use a tool, use the method that is fastest and most accuratefor you. Although I know how to hand whip finish, I can do that faster and easier with a tool than by hand so I use a Matarelli.

Charlie Craven uses the Matarelli to tie his two minute parachute adams AND he whips TOWARDS the hook eye.


You will see some well know fly tiers hand whip finish and others will use a tool. My friend, Gary Borger uses a Matarelli. Davie McPhail, one of the best fly tiers in the world uses a Matarelli whip finisher. He also lays a bit of head cement on the thread before the whip finish rather than afterwards.
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

I struggled with this when I first started tying and went mostly with half hitch. Basically this was because when I started out, I was looking at books and didn't have the internet resources available today. I used that for years, but ditched the Thomson style and went to Matarelli. I found them much easier to use. To practice, I got a long streamer hook and just did whip finish after whip finish. Like everything else in tying, preferences will vary.
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I use the style mbchilton went to... Makes whip finishes a breeze
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

I use my fingers for most flies and the matarelli type for small flies #18 and smaller. Really small flies #24 and #26 I use the half hitch tool to keep the eye clear and the fibers out of the way.
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

I'm new to tying and have been whip finishing by hand, but every time I go to pull it tight the thread sticks and stutters to the point that I can't pull the loop down all the way. Doing something wrong just not sure what.
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