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    Default fly tying tip,,,

    I'm a learner so this might not be as important to old hands at tying..but I back myself up at stages with half hitches,,just so if I misjudge my tension and thread breaks,,or ,,things dont look good and I wanna back up and redo,,,then I dont have the entire fly come un-done. Just thought maybe some of you guys learning like I am might benefit from this.

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    Default Re: fly tying tip,,,

    Definitely a great tip especially when working on a many step fly.

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    Hi Mike,

    Depending on size this will work but there are times when you won't want any extra thread bulk on a tie. If you are not in a hurry, try a little dab of head cement (just a bit on the point of a dubbing needle) put a dab on and let the bobbin hand for a minute. Then continue, if you screw up and clip the thread the cement will be very helpful.

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    Default Re: fly tying tip,,,

    A half hitch in time will save you, a few more wraps
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    Default Re: fly tying tip,,,

    I've done that too, Ard,,esp when I get my tailing just right,,,I'll put just a wee bit on the butts ,,wait,,then wrap a couple more times before dubbing or quilling. Sometimes they fall just right,,but,,,now and then after I fuss with tailing on a really tiny fly,,I just dont want things to change and have to fuss with them again. I'm learning pretty good how to use my left thumb and 'spread backwards as i warp forwards',,and getting pretty good at a decent splay so they ride right on the water. The little trick you told me bout a few extra wraps to help splay them works wonders too.

    Mike
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    Default Re: fly tying tip,,,

    that is a good tying tip that can be used anywhere on the fly as you see fit. sometimes the weight of a hanging bobbin holder is just not enough.

    i have been tying 30+ years and a half hitch now and then have saved many flies from totally unraveling. 1 half hitch does not add any bulk. 57 wraps of thread in one area to tie off a material adds bulk
    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

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