Last year, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.
Splayed tails on a mayfly pattern look great and present an accurate imitation for trout to key on. However, getting two, very fine fibers to stay in place on the hook can be a real pain, and the tails can end up crooked or not splayed at all. Lucky for us, Tim has a great, simple trick for ensuring that your splayed tails come out perfect every time. By using the tag end of your tying thread and just a touch of uv-cure resin, you can create show-quality tails. You should also not how Tim orients the fibers when he ties them in, angling them against the near side of the hook and letting the thread wraps push them to the top. Genius.