"Above all, fly-tying is immensely enjoyable as a creative activity, conferring aesthetic bliss upon even minimal manual skill. Great satisfaction is to be had simply by storing up material preparing dye baths, dubbing fur, ckipping deer hair, folding wing cases, winding hackle, and performing all the pleasant little tasks associated with this most engaging pastime. Perhaps tying flies is the closest any of us get to playing God."
............Robert Boyle & Dave Whitlock
The Fly-Tyer's Almanac, 1975
To start the thread, take the boddin in your right hand. With your left hand, pull about six to ten inches of thread off the bobbin. Above the hook, position the bobbin away fron you and the thread tag end near you. Bring both hands down until the thread touches the hook's shank at the starting point on the hook shank. Now hold the tag end stationary as you orbit the bobbin around the hook's shank adding four turns of thread, each turn in front of the previous, working towards the eye. (Remember, the bobbin goes away fron you when passing over the hook and toward you when passing under - wrapping away fron you.) Wrap rearward (toward the hook's bend) in six consecutive thread turns; with that the thread should be firmly locked in place.
This is the most commonly used mounting method and the easiest to mount most materials.
|Position the material over the mounting position. Spin the bobbin counterclockwise to flatten the thread. Take one loose wrap over the material at the tie-in position. Do not tighten the wrap.|
|After completing the first wrap, pull the bobbin directly toward you and apply more pressure to the thread. The material should now be held in place.|
|Take 2-3 more close, tight wraps in front of the first. The material should now be locked in place.|
This technique is used to bind the material to the top, bottom or side of the hook shank. When done properly it forms a smooth underbody.
|Attach the material to the shank of the hook. Lift the material and take a tight wrap over the material.|
|Pull down on the bobbin to tighten the thread, and at the same time pull the material slightly toward you. This will keep the material centered on top of the hook shank.|
|Continue the thread wraps as shown in Step 1-2 until the tie-off position is reached.|
This technique is well suited for mounting stiff or slippery materials.
|Hold the material at a 45-degree angle over the tie-in position. Using moderate tension on the thread, take one wrap around the material and hook shank.|
|While still maintaining moderate pressure on the thread, take another wrap directly in front of the first wrap and pull it tight. As the thread is tightened, move the material in line with the hook shank.|
|Take 2-3 tight, close thread wraps in front of the previous wraps to lock the material in position.|
This variation of the soft-mount is used to position a material on the hook shank after it is mounted but before it is firmly secured. To slide material that are too short to grip your fingers, use hackle pliers.
|Use the soft warp method shown to take two loose thread wraps over the middle of the material at the tie-in position.|
|With the bobbin hanging below the tie-in position, use your fingers to grip the material and slide it into position - in this case on the side of the hook.|
|Once the material is properly positioned, use your fingers to adjust the length. Then take 2-3 tight thread wraps over the previous wraps to lock the material in place.|
The Pinch Wrap is perhaps the most important wrapping technique that the fly tier has in his arsenal of tricks. Practice this technique until it becomes second nature.
|Hold the material to the shank. Raise the bobbin.|
|Bring the joints of your thumb and finger closer together; this will spread apart the thumbtip and fingertip; slip the thread back between thumbtip and material.|
|Bring the thread (and bobbin) down the far side of the material as you draw the thread back between fingertip and material.|
|Widen the gap between your thumb and finger joints closing thumbtip and fingertip around the loop (pinch the thumbtip and fingertip).|
|Pull down on the bobbin tightening the pinch loop.|