Whip Finish III

by Fly Fisherman

The “Whip Finish” is a smooth method of securing the thread following completion of the fly, but it is no more efficient and much slower than the multiple hitch. The “Whip” is merely three, four or five wraps of tying thread thrown over the thread end and pulled up tightly. When “Heads” were formed on flies, this was an essential operation to make a smooth looking job. It is still done to a great extent on steel-head and salmon flies. The “Whip” can he done by the “Scotch” method where the index and second finger of the right hand twists and wraps simultaneously or by the loop method the same as the wrappings on a rod is whipped in to secure it. (See Fig.)

The whip

The multiple hitch is done generally with the hitching tool. It is first a single hitch then a double hitch or two wraps of thread around the point of the tool, sliding it off on to the hook, then another single hitch.

AT THIS POINT STUDY THE. PARTS OF THE FLY AS SHOWN IN FIG BELOW

Parts of a trout fly

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