Video: How to Select CDC Feathers, Part I

Here, Tim explains what CDC (cul de canard) is and what distinguishes the two different types. (BTW, cul de canard translates as “duck butt.”) The way the fibers are arranged along the shaft of the feather sets the two apart, which is fascinating to . . .

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Video: How to Match a Bead to a Hook

Figuring out which size bead to use on a particular hook can be the key to a well-proportioned fly, but there are a tons of options. Here, Tim explains how to choose the right kind of bead and how to match the sizes, as well. Once you’ve got this . . .

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Video: Glossy vs. Penetrating Finishes

Here, Tim explains when you want to use a glossy finish–one that stands out from the fly materials, and when you should go with a penetrating fish–one that soaks into the materials. The effects of each are quite different, . . .

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Video: How to Deal with Loose Hanks of Material

If you tie a lot of flies without maintaining good organization of your materials, your tying desk can quickly become unmanageable--with materials all over the place. If you've got small kids or a cat, this situation can lead to disaster. . . .

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Video: Use Angles for Accuracy

Watch enough of Tim Flagler’s videos, and you’ll be astonished by how accurately he places materials on the hook. In this video, he explains one way he does it. By holding the material you’re tying in at an angle, you force the thread wraps together and . . .

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