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Old 10-29-2013, 08:33 PM
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Default A good whip finish tool

I've never been a serious tier, but I learned the basics when I was younger so much of it has stuck. One thing I could never do well was whip finish. I learned to do it by hand ok, but was awful using a tool. Then, I bought a decent whip finish tool. It made all the difference.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:01 PM
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Do you use a 'standard' style or have you found a unique one that works better ?

Big flies I just half hitch a couple times with my fingers. One half hitch ,,i just pull a loop in my thread, switch my bobbin thur it,,and pull it tight. Works good,,,is fast too. But I like a tool when I'm dealing with dry fly size stuff. I can whip and finish with my right hand,while holding my thread and bobbin,,and my hackle back out of the way,,with my left.

If you are onto a new tool,,let us know.

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Old 10-29-2013, 09:18 PM
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+1, I got a Griffin rotating whip finisher and it is a breeze. Be interested to know which one you got. I use half hitches sometimes, especially when I want to tie off between steps, but I do like a nice whip finish on some flies, especially if I'm not going to use resin or cement on the head.
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

This style can be found anywhere cheap and the video will tell you how easy it is to use.
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I went from this: Whip Finish

to this: Whip Finish
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

Just as a suggestion, do a google search on Gary Borger Double Hitch. It's very simple and fast to tie. I saw Gary demo it about 15 years ago and have been using it ever since. You can pretty much tie it in the time it takes you to pick up a whip finish tool.
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

whip finish by hand. more thread control

theyre free
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whip finish by hand. more thread control

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I've played around with it but haven't seen the advantage. Never found the whip finisher a burdensome purchase ($8 or so with shipping 3 years ago) and it is very handy. Do people have trouble controlling thread with a finisher? I find it easy.
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Default Re: A good whip finish tool

For tying small flies I bought a midge whip finisher. Made a big difference.

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I've played around with it but haven't seen the advantage. Never found the whip finisher a burdensome purchase ($8 or so with shipping 3 years ago) and it is very handy. Do people have trouble controlling thread with a finisher? I find it easy.
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