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theboz 01-04-2013 01:29 PM

Matter of Perspective
Probably a simple answer to this and hopefully one of the fine tyers here can shed some light. When ribbing a fly whether it be wire , tinsel or some other material what is the best way to view the fly as your wrapping to get the best vantage point for a nicely spaced even rib? Is it looking at the top straight down at the fly or from the side? Thanks for any input in advance.

wt bash 01-04-2013 01:58 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
I like a side view but on a bigger bug I'll use the rotary function holding the ribbing out to a slight angle. That way I can see it in 360.

flytire 01-04-2013 02:00 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
when i tie flies i'm always looking at the side

if the rib is evenly spaced on the side it will be evenly spaced on the top (excluding the first wrap forward)

littledavid123 01-04-2013 02:08 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
If you have a rotating vise any angle will work because you are spinning the fly not the wire. Without a rotating vise, I still keep my view the same as tying with anything else ( from the side) but watch as the wire comes back into view. If it needs correction to continue a uniform spiral I back up half a turn (where the wire is back on bottom) and have another go at it.

I do not consider myself a Fine Tyer though so there are probably better answers coming.


s fontinalis 01-04-2013 02:15 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
i use a rotary vise whilst holding the rib at a fixed angle...

silver creek 01-04-2013 02:16 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
I'll agree with the others that a side view is how it is done. If I am picky on spacing I will use the rotary function on my Renzetti.

I think the other two keys are to avoid twist and use even tension. Flat material like tinsel will twist when wound around a hook if you just hold it in one place and wind. I go over with my right hand and bring it back under with my left. Switching hands allows me to remove the twist.

theboz 01-04-2013 04:36 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
Thank you all . I was leaning toward the side as well. When I rotate it while wrapping I tend to lose the even effect.

la_jolla1 01-04-2013 04:58 PM

Re: Matter of Perspective
The beauty of the rotary vise, as I have just discovered

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