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Fly Tying Tips – Tying Faster

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

This week, the FFOTW fly tying tips podcast was about tying faster.

Notes from the podcast:

Tying faster
Production fly tying – not just for pros.
- Faster you tie, more flies in your box, more proficient & efficient
Planning & preparation
- choose simple patterns over complex
- Elk hair caddis, x-caddis over Goddard
- Joe Roope patterns from the FFOTW board.
- Bunny leeches & zonker strips instead of buggers
- Zebra midges, shop-vac, etc instead of copper john
- Plan to tie a bunch of a single pattern
- Clear your tying desk
- only have the tools & materials you will use out on your desk
- clean, uncluttered workspace
- Prep materials
- size and pull hackles off the neck/saddle
- put beads on the hooks
- spare spools of thread pre-threaded on spare bobbins

While tying
- sissors in hand. Get used to it
- mind your wraps.  2 to 4 wraps instead of 10 to 12
- keep a couple of inches of thread out of bobbin
- put each tool down in same place, put each material in same place
- hands are good tools
- Use fingernails to strip hackles, chenille, etc
- hand whip finish
- Don’t skimp on durability, though
- half hitch here, drop of glue there doesn’t add too much time
- learn from experience. I rarely counterwrap palmered hackle now, but always secure peacock

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