Friday, January 17, 2014

How to Mend Fly Tying Thread Cuts

One of the most aggravating foul-ups when typing flies is inadvertently cutting the thread when you are tying in material or tying off the head of the fly. The urge to tear your hair out or throw the fly away is quite normal, but there is a way you can salvage your work. You can use a modified rolling half hitch.  

Modified Rolling Half Hitch
To begin, carefully place the tying thread at the point where the thread broke. Then, using the modified rolling half hitch as shown, wrap tightly back over the area 3 to 6 times to secure it and then continue tying the fly. You probably can avoid this problem if you remember to cut the material or thread on top of or to the side of the hook. 

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