Thread Control In Fly Tying

blog thread kussGuest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, PA Fly Fisher & Fly Tyer

In essence, fly tying is the art of decorating a hook in such a way that a fish will be enticed to put said hook into its mouth and thus be caught. Traditionally this involves attaching feathers and other materials to the hook, usually by means of a “working thread” that serves to capture and bind these materials to the hook.

Your ability to control the working thread is essential to tying durable, attractive flies. The critical skills involve placing the thread and the materials on the hook at desired locations, and binding the materials to the hook securely so that they do not twist around the hook shank or work loose in use. Here are the key issues.

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