This video tests the location of dumbbell eyes tied on flies. I test under and over the hook shank with several conditions including a water test. This video might help beginning fly tiers understand the effect dumbbell eyes have on a fly depending on tie in location.
The “Pinch Tie In” is one of the basic techniques used in fly tying. It allows for the fly tier to control the material and place controlled thread wraps onto that material.
Controlling the the material when tying flies is one of the keys to tying proper and proportional patterns!
This segment is from the DVD 50 Years Behind the Vise – the best introduction to fly tying techniques ever produced. It features world famous fly fishermen Lefty Kreh & Bob Clouser, who have over 60 years combined experience tying flies for fresh and salt water fishing.
The Hand Whip Finish is a great technique to master. Once you master the Hand Whip Finish, you will have a deep understanding of how the whip finish knot works.
The Hand Whip Finish allows you to quickly finish off a fly, without the aid of the Whip finisher Tool.
Properly spinning and shave-shaping deer hair is one of the most challenging in fly tying, but the fish attracting successes of patterns utilising it make it an imperative to learn “how”.
Patterns using the spun deer hair technique are generally large and also fairly involved, which tends to intimidate many tyers.