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Old 10-17-2014, 08:28 PM
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Default Right hander trying to teach left hander.

So this isn't really a question or much of a topic, but I am right handed and was showing my left handed buddy who recently started fly fishing a few simple flies....

Please tell me I'm not the only idiot who couldn't figure out how to do a whip finish left handed if his life depended on it!


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:40 PM
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I'm just the opposite, left handed trying to teach my grandson to tie flies, of course he is right handed, so I know what you are talking about, it's not easy.
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I am a south paw too. Let him watch you and than let him do it , leftys learn to adapt. That's why we are so smart !

EDIT: I just thought of this , if I am so dam smart , why did I take the tippet ring off the baby pin BEFORE I tied it on ????

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half hitches are ambidextrous

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check out you tube for left handed whip finish
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Default Re: Right hander trying to teach left hander.

[QUOTE=amertens;707013]So this isn't really a question or much of a topic, but I am right handed and was showing my left handed buddy who recently started fly fishing a few simple flies....

Please tell me I'm not the only idiot who couldn't figure out how to do a whip finish left handed if his life depended on it!


I'm right-handed, but followed Charlie Craven's advice I started my tying by doing it left handed. That way, I use my dominant (right) hand to place materials and my non-dominant to handle the thread. Really don't remember any great difficulty using a whip finish tool with my left hand, but it was a few years ago that I started (but I had never tied before so didn't have any muscle memory of doing whip finishes right handed).

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Old 10-21-2014, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: Right hander trying to teach left hander.

Hmm, interesting idea David. I had never even thought about it that way. Right handed is just comfortable for me.

I can't dribble a basketball left handed. I tried reeling in my buddies fly pole and found it easier to hold the real knob and move the pole.

My left hand is a stubborn jerk!


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Default Re: Right hander trying to teach left hander.

I'm definitely right-handed. But, I'm a woodworker and at times find myself having to use my left hand to do something; so, I'm somewhat comfortable using my left hand.

I didn't find it difficult to learn to tie left-handed. Maybe, because I had never tied before, I didn't have any muscle memory to get in the way. I guess I could test that hypothesis out by learning to tie right handed---but I'm not that interested in doing that.

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Default Re: Right hander trying to teach left hander.

Here is a thought! Maybe I put the vice on the table and have us sit opposite of each other with the vice in between. I tie right, he sees left, and vice versa!


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Here is a thought! Maybe I put the vice on the table and have us sit opposite of each other with the vice in between. I tie right, he sees left, and vice versa!


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The lefty does see the vise and fly in correct relationship, but the thread goes over top of the fly toward the lefty instead of away from the lefty.

The way to do it is to show him YouTube videos reflected in a mirror OR put small mirror between you and the hook. When he sits in front of you and looks at the reversed image in the mirror, he can see the hook and the thread wound as a lefty would do if they were in front of the vise.
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Here is a thought! Maybe I put the vice on the table and have us sit opposite of each other with the vice in between. I tie right, he sees left, and vice versa!
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This - My buddy is left handed, and this is how I show him how to tie different flies and vice-versa

Does not take long to pick up the nuance differences

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