Two Minute Ties
|Fly Tying Tips|
|Always use a bobbin for any long material especially if you have rotary vise. Learn to tie using your wire in a bobbin. This saves time and resources.
Tinsel, tubing, wire, anything that is long and skinny that can be wound on a spool, should be. It takes a while to learn to tie with a bobbin but it pays off in handling material. See Zebra Midge.
|Handling fine wire can be tricky as it can twist and then break. In tying flies it basically means it is a complete redo. If you have a rotary vise, then use this feature to keep from twisting the wire on the spool. If you don't, then a little extra care is needed. Keep the distance from the fly to the bobbin a little bit longer as when you wind the bobbin around the fly, the twisting is dispersed over a longer distance. I, also, cut the wire back about a inch before starting a new fly. While it use more wire to complete a fly it seems to reduces breakage
|Use hackle for tail material. It is very uniform and you can adjust the tail length by selecting different size of hackle. See TM BWO Nymph or TM PMD.
|Prep your materials in bulk. While somewhat obvious, prepping your material to tie a dozen flies at a time help insure the consistency as well as being faster.
|Use wire for a bead head. See Zebra Midge.
|Use Micro Chenille for dubbing. It is far easier to work with and is more consistent. I typically treat a new whole bundle with Hydrostop and let it dry throughly before using in tying flies.
|Treat all flies with Hydrostop. It is fast when done in bulk and it does seem to help keep dry flies from getting wet.