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Whip Finish

Fly Tying Hacks
Hello,   What's your fly tying HACK? Sometimes it's interesting what a fellow tyer uses as tools and or materials.  My hack is head cement. I have been using Minwax Polycrylic Protective Fin
Nymph Fishing Rods
Joe, I too have been using a ten foot 3 wt. nymphing rod for over a decade and I would never go back to a shorter rod for that use. On many occasions while nymphing I have com
Spin rod gift
Yep ... I really love that veined cork. And the finish on those wraps is outstanding.  Not my colors, but it's a pretty rod.
cellulose enamel
Dug out my bottle from my old Herters stuff.  Contains Toluol and petroleum Distillates.  Directions on bottle says it is a high gloss finish; dipped, sprayed or used for finishing heads on
July Flies From the Vise
Silver butcher Still having trouble with the head of wet flies.   that head doesnt look that bad :)     once you set the wing and trimmed of the butt ends at an angle, spin the thre
Shanafelt's Mongo Hopper (Carnage variation) SBS
PETA approved; change color/size to suit your needs. hook - TFS 2305 #2 thread - UTC 140 tan core - 25lb Mason underbody - moose body hair body - 2mm foam cream wing - 3mm foam tan rear legs - 2mm fo
Best Tyer Ever?
  Or for that matter, some unknown Chinese lady tying flies commercially for the like of Umpqua. That made me laugh, there are probably some amazing Fly Tyers overseas who may have never c
Flashy CDC Emerging Midge
CDC is one of my favorite materials for emergers or dry flies when tying small tiny flies.  Buying hackle that small can cost a fortune, but CDC tends to be better priced.  And you can save
*NEW* Rolling Weed-guard
Here are the steps for my new Rolling Weed-guard, as seen in the Summer 2018 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine. The first picture was too big to upload, but it simply showed crimping the end of some hard mon
Whip finisher for midges?
I've used my standard sized Matterelli to whip finish a couple of flies as small as 30 (tied them because I wanted to see (no pun intended) if I could.  No problem at all for 20 - 24's.  I'm
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
Noah, I like em. Amazing how effective such a simple fly is. Chug, When I tie midges like Noah posted I use 10/0 thread to start. Once I have the floss tied in I finish with the floss. Just a couple o
Tippet spool tender
If any of you have the same problem I do with the cheap rubber bands that are supposed to keep tippet on a spool I have a solution. I wish I could say this was my original idea but no, Im not that sma
Stimulator style Caddis
So this fly worked wonders for me last time I went and fished.  The fish were destroying it on the top water, and almost coming out of the water after it.  It was being hit hard!  And I
Hackle gague
  While Im not great at dries, I have tied many many many other flies all which include palmering hackle. I have tied quite a few dries already as well, but more simple patterns (Matts midge,
"The Indispensables" Swap
right then, only 3 left.  lets round it out   I tied some of the tups indispensable dries today Everyone will get one of those as well I was going to suggest one of those whip brought it u
Carp Worm
Carp are a tough fish to fish for.  However, they are really rewarding when you finally hook into one.  They pull like a freight train, and are challenging to even hook.  Many times you
Chewy Horned Caddis
So I am changing up the way I do my fly tying videos for a few months, I am not doing the voice overs, instead I will be listing below the materials I used on the fly, and also a quick tutorial typed
Bobbin threader on the run....
I've been using the GUM floss threaders for years.  Started when I was building rods, much quicker and easier than using wrapping thread to pull the tag end of the wrap under the under the wraps.
Bushcraft and self reliance
I have never heard "Cattails" ... the plant ... referred to as "cat o' nine tails".   The "Cat o' nine tails" is a whip, specifically designed to inflict maximum pain.
Bream/Panfish Box swap
 Yep, I hope I didn't screw this up but damned if I just didn't finish 19 & 20 a short while ago. As I looked at them I thought, hell, I'd be set at any of our local ponds for most anything.
Winding check
As others already mentioned the check is a cosmetic thing and serves no real functional purpose. It gives a nice transition from cork to blank, and as tjm mentioned they also cover any gap/shim/split
Need help with a fly
If the collar is part snowshoe I would start with a technique Matt Grobert uses on his Matt's Gnat, touch dub the snowshoe and wind.   This is how I would approach this fly.   Tie in snowsho
Where have all the swappers gone?
I know the "reasoning" behind the 2 month due date, ATX, I just don't understand it.  Unless they're extremely difficult flies, most tiers can whip out 12 flies in one, maybe two sittings. In bot
Perfection loop
I usually fold a loop and whip it with thread and glue it.
RIP Norm Norlander
Norm Norlander was a great businessman and gentleman. He stood behind his products without question, he told me to use his vise for 6 months and he would buy it back if I didn't like it. I still have
My dry fly hackle falls forward as I get closer to the eye of the hook
use your fingers as a hackle guard to pull the hackle fibers back out of the way as you make the whip finish   i actually use a half hitch tool to push the hackle back then i hold the pushed back
Cork poppers
So many ways to skin a cat. I rough shape with a hack saw blade and finish on a belt sander clamped to a bench. I cup with a burr and cut the hook slot with two hacksaw blades. I've grown fond of the
May Flies From The Vise
Ok. This one is size 14. Hook-14 1x short shank shrimp/scud Body-floss red pink yellow or pearl braid Body hair-shadow fox white yellow and brown Thread-black 8/ eyes- living eyes ice UV resin head
Olive Partridge and Brown Variant SBS
From the Flytyingjournal blog. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread - Danville 6/0 olive tag - tinsel silver tail - bronze mallard rib - small wire silver body - dubbing olive body hackle - olive throat - pa
Kelson Head Cement
I recently purchased Bill Baileys head cement from FeathersMC*. It is a nice, traditional head cement made from Egyptian asphalt (whatever that is) and turpentine. In my experience, it is rather thic
Kelly SBS
A Danish seatrout fly of unknown origin. Use your favorite barred waterfowl flank for the tail/collar; I went with redhead, which proved to be just as unruly as mallard. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread
10' 4wt xi "My new toy!"
Well I like it.  I wonder how that would look as accents over guide foot wraps. Might add some weight if you want a smooth finish but I bet it would look style'in.   Guess my brain saw what
Nobler (variation) SBS
Another Icelandic take on the Bugger; added the rabbit up front for a bit more action. Weight as desired; left this one light to throw at frustrated stillwater spawners in the shallows. Title should
Pair of 10' 4wts
ok, i forgot about the heat shrink..looks like it might be worth leaving i just remembered there is a custom rod builder in new jersey who was big into covering cork grips with epoxy..i think
Celebrating 7 years today
Well went to the Doc yesterday...I have 6 months to year to live if I dont stop drinking and smoking according to him. He looked at my past history and twice Ive been in the hospital for hypertension
Two classic salmon flies
Thank you! The hackle on the fly is supposed to be palmered down the body, but I couldnt find my claret hackle, so I had to tie it with a throat hackle when I did find it. My main issue is with the b
Varmint SBS
An Icelandic seatrout fly; kjöt á krókur. hook - Mustad 9671 #4 underbody - non-tox .030 thread - UTC 140 Fluoro orange tail - marabou hot orange flash - Flashabou silver rear body - t
9' 7wt 3pc
Flex coat is a tad more touchy when it comes to mix ratio than other brands of finishes, but not terribly touchy though. I think over the years I have tried pretty much all of them, flex coat, glas co
Finish on poppers
I use sally Hanson. UV cure is way to expensive for my liking. two part and slow drying stuff is to big a PIA. Popper finish falls into the why complicate the simple category. How long does a popper a
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
1st post updated again. Some really nice ties submitted..Im impressed. Fshng2, I didnt mean to ignor you but yes Ill post pics like I did last time and thank you the extras..very nice! Im happy Old Ha
Any updates on HMH TRN?
Jmdailey, their advertising stated tool steel, but they clearly were not on mine. Additional the finish was very rough. Although Im a pro I paid full pric since I wanted a decent LAW substitute. Maybe
For $150 you can get everything you need to get started and then some. My advice would be to spend most of your budget on two items: the vise and good fly tying scissors.     For t
Big Nasty by Kevin Howell
Here's my best guess, based on the picture:   Hook: 2XL-3LX nymph/streamer hook Thread: 6/0 (140 denier), color to match body Weight: .025-.030 lead (or lead-free) wire (thorax only) Tail: marabo
Kræ 2
Continuing the Danish seatrout series. Original had grizzly marabou throat but I preferred the hackle; use what you will. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread - Danville 6/0 black rib - small wire silver ta
Foam Cutters
Use an Exacto Knife.  Glue the foam together, push the cutter in as far as it will easily go.  If that doesn't cut all the way through, then a thin Exacto blade, slipped down through the exi
Borden Special Dabbler SBS
Turning up the gain on a standard. hook - Mustad 3906 #6 thread - Danville 6/0 flame orange tag - tinsel silver tail - golden pheasant tippets dyed hot orange/fuchsia hackle rib - oval tinsel silver
April Flies From The Vise
Saw reference to this fly on a few forums yesterday and had to tie it. While it's listed as an easy tie, for a beginner it's good practice in that you need to select 2 of the same sized feathers from
9' 9wt Saltwater rod
Still LOL, that,s funny..if i was building rods to sell, i would try to build the same as yours but since i build for me only i build to my taste..i like fly rods under 8' and built to cast with both
Agerhønen SBS
I believe the name is Danish for "Buggy As Sh.t". hook - TFS 2305 #4 thread - UTC 140 grey brown underbody - non-tox .020 tail - grizzly hen body - Ice Dub hare's ear hackle - brown partridge mash ba
Excessive Glue with Baitfish Skull Head
Thanks for the input, gents. Ended up scraping it off with a bodkin and the hook-end of my whip finisher. Will make sure to add a light coating of Loon Flow over the head to give it a shiny appearance
Broiled Trout Recipe
I only eat the ostrich fern that I am familiar with. It has the brown  covering just remember the "brown paper bag" wrapper. Usually found along running water brooks, rivers a natural with brooki
Softhackle Stimi SBS
Started out tying Ryan Houston's Myles Peter and ended up in a different place. Gonna try this for skwalas in darker olive tones. hook - Dai Riki 280 #10 thread - Danville 6/0 light olive rib - smal
Emerger Floatation and Ginger on Adams
Your Film Critic is a great effort and should catch fish as it is.  As for changes, I'd suggest the following:   Go with less material on the tail/shuck.  Just a few (i.e., 2 or 3) fibe
DIY Shanks
sz 6 and 8 glow bug hooks and a short shank. Just a hackle tail and dubbing.   Great Job!   EasternFly after the initial bend with the lopper and leaving a nice tail, I just finish the
Redington Classic Trout
I don't know anything about it.  So I did a quick check on reviews. Nobody's got anything bad to say about it.    Description I read: "Its fluid bend runs nearly all the way down to the
Any woodturners on here
The wood is California Buckeye Burl, which is what I would call a "punky" wood, very light and prone to exploding at the lathe if not stabilized. Years ago I purchased several blanks and had them stab
Mouse/Rat Swap
One set still out, I sent a PM. If I don't hear back in a few days I will box up what I have and return one of your own back to you and finish the swap.     Kevin
de-barbing pliers
Just a few of the many pliers out there, some are designed to debarb a hook, and some work better at debarbing a hook.     My choice are the old green grip needle nose. Nothing has come clos
Leaders for large Streamers
I use about 2.5-3 ft of 20lb mason hard mono about the same of  20 lb maxima, than 10 or 12 lb floro left over from spooling my baitcaster, I just connect the leader sections together with nail k
March Flies From The Vise
Mike Tie the chennile on back of hook wrap twice or so cinch down and place the strip of foam, cinch the foam. Tip lil glue here so stops body rolling so you don't cut the foam with thread to secure.
Mono rigging
taking care off nature is something we should all do there's no reason to trash it more then necessary it pisses me off seeing garbage left everywhere. Let's be real here I don't really bait fish I d
10ft 4wt Xi Series rod
that's it, I think you just said it.its a little difficult to get a tight loop to make it carry far with that rod, where as that orvis rod I was handedcorrected even my first cast, it was a little wei
April Fools Warm Water Swap...
I got to get busy now I have to tie 4 flies tonight for this swap still. I have literally hundreds that I could fill a box with but this swap was about “Your Favorites” and I don’t
what thinner to use (again, sorry)
Regarding thinning "hard as nails":  I've used two or three varieties of Sally's clear lacquer in the years since I depleted my bottles of Pharmacist Formula and Griff's head cement.  Initia
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