Instead of featuring a specific fly this month, using the “whip finish” method to tie your favorite fly will be discussed. Having the skill of tying the knot to complete your fly using a “whip finish” is very important for certain flies. Some folks use the method more often, for they just find it easier when they get the hang of it. There are 3 methods to accomplish this:
- Whip finish tool that’s referred to as a Matarelli (there are other similar brands but this is the most commonly used)
- Standard whipper (a very old style tool and trickier to use)
- Hand method (the only method available before there were tools and uses 2 fingers)
Specific flies that require this method are any that must be tied off behind the material on the hook, ie: beaded flies, poppers. You can use this method on the fly being tied at the fly tying class this month but won’t be required. This is a great time to learn how, refresh your skill, or learn a new technique. There are numerous demonstrations on YouTube for all 3 methods. Just ask for “whip finish demonstration for tying flies”.
I found the one done by Copper Landing Fly Fishing was well done for a Matarelli. Check them out and do some practicing on a bare hook.
Posted on November 17th, 2021