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Old 07-31-2012, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am tying my first x-caddis. How does one keep the material from spinning on the hook?
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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During or after you tie it?
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Once it is tied I can't keep the stuff from sliding and or staying lined up with the hook
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wrap a thread base on the hook shank. I know, most videos show hair spun on a bare shank and it looks cool and spins fast, but...hair spins just fine on thread or any other material. Be sure to wrap thread back into spun hair and out again. Also, use strong enough thread that you can apply adequate tension. Too light, and the stuffs going to move. You can always add a drop of head cement here and there as you tie also.
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In addition to what chewydog said, you should also take a few turns of thread through the hair after it is spun, taking care not to tie down too much hair. Moving the bobbin back and forth while you are taking turns through the hair will help you avoid ruining your spun hair.
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Okay, makes sense. let's say I just tied some wings on or something like that at the front of the fly and then i want to transition to the back to tie a tail on or something. how do you guys transition without wrapping a bunch of thread over the feathers or bringing the thread back and over everything and making it look like crap? I just started and I have just been bringing the single thread back so that there is one thread going straight back the bottom of the shank but it seems like there has to be a better way to do it. Would you guys tie off at the front and then start again at the back? I am not going to use these first few flies to fish, just for fun because it seems like that single thread could very easily break and then the whole thing would unravel.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tie your flies from back to front so you won't need to move the thread from front to back (except to lay the thread base).

Got to www.Danica.com and watch some of the videos or go to charliesflyboxinc.com and look over the step-by-step instructions. Those guys are masters, just try to do what they do.
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As you read fly patterns, most ingredients are listed in the order they are tied on the hook. Usually tails first. I can only think of one Stalcup pattern that reverses the wingcase and is finished behind, thus a single thread running under the thorax.
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Okay, cool. I haven't really watched any videos yet I should probably do that.
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This should solve your problem.
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