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Antron shuck on Sparkle Dun

Wayne Luallen shows how to add a more realistic shuck to a dun.

Basics of Thread Twist

Wayne Luallen explains the basics of tying thread twist

Compara Dun/Sparkle Dun Wing

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to get a deer hair wing to sit right on a Compara Dun or a Sparkle Dun dry fly.

Conserving Thread Wraps

Wayne Luallen shows how to save many wraps of thread when tying off multiple materials in the same spot.

Controlling Yarn for Shucks

Wayne Luallen shows a neat little trick to control material for trailing shucks on flies.

Damp or dry fingers when Dubbing

Wayne Luallen covers various ways of keeping your fingers suitably damp for applying dubbing.

Deer hair wing with butts covered

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to tie on a deer hair wing on a wet fly in such a way that the butts are covered by the head.

Direction of Thread Twist

Wayne Luallen explains what understanding thread twist - clockwise vs. counterclockwise - can do for your tying.

Direction to Dub

Wayne Luallen describes which direction it's best to apply dubbing to your tying thread in order to get a tight dubbing.

Dry and wet material color

Wayne Luallen demonstrates the difference in color between a material dry and wet.

Dry Fly Hackle Foundation

Wayne Luallen explains why the thread foundation under a dry fly hackle is decisive for the final appearance of the finished hackle.

Elk Hair Caddis Wing

Wayne Luallen shows how to tie an elk hair wing, useful for many caddis patterns like the Elk Hair Caddis or the CdC&Elk.

Feather selection from a rooster cape

Wayne Luallen shows the various hackle types and qualities that can be picked from a rooster cape.

Feed Dubbing

Wayne Luallen demonstrates a dubbing technique where you feed dubbing from your fingers onto the thread as you are winding it on.

Fly tying thread types

Wayne Luallen covers various types of fly tying thread, materials, thicknesses and applications. The chart referred to is found here https://globalflyfisher.com/tie-better/fly-tying-thread-table

Folding Feathers

Wayne Luallen shows a method to fold a soft hackle before tying it in, dramatically easing the barb control while wrapping a classic wet fly or palmer hackle.

Forking three tails

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to tie in and fork three dry fly tail filaments.

Forking two tails

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to tie in and fork two dry fly tail filaments.

Hand Stacking Bucktail

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to tame the sometimes difficult bucktail and get the tips even, just using you hands

Hand Whip Finish

Wayne Luallen explains how to whip finish using only your hands and no tool - and adds some tips on how to get these final wraps to lay absolutely flat.

Loop Dubbing

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to make and use a dubbing loop.

Loosening matted dubbing

Wayne Luallen shows an easy way of loosening a matted clump of dubbing.

Peacock herl basic anatomy

Wayne Luallen introduces the basic anatomy of peacock herl.

Peacock herl left barbs wound toward the bend

Wayne Luallen shows how to tie a peacock herl body where there will be a slight cupping of the material toward the rear of the fly.

Peacock herl right barbs wound toward the eye

Wayne Luallen demonstrates winding on peacock barbs from the bird's right side towards the eye of the hook.

Peacock herl tied in by barb tips

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how peacock herl can be tied in tip first to create a slightly tapered herl body.

Removing hair from a stacker

Wayne Luallen considerw what direction you want to remove stacked hair from a hair stacker when it's ready to be tied in.

Scales on hair and fur

Wayne Luallen explains why natural fur dubs better than synthetics and how a blend might be a solution to getting some sparkle into your dubbing.

Separating Antron and Zelon

Antron and Zelon yarn can often be curled and almost knotted and difficult to separate into thinner bunches. Wayne Luallen shows an easy way to get the strand parallel for easier separation.

Split Thread Dubbing

Wayne Luallen shows how to use the split thread dubbing technique in fly tying.

Stacking Bucktail Using a Hair Stacker

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to even the tips of bucktain using a hair stacker and explains a bit about the nature of the hair.

Stacking Calf Tail

Wayne Luallen gives a few tips on selecting and stacking calf tail.

Stacking Deer, Elk & Moose

A few tips to properly stack elk and deer hair by Wayne Luallen. The lead shear is found here.

Standard Dubbing

Wayne Luallen shows how to do plain dubbing on a single thread.

Tapering dubbing on a Compara Dun

Wayne Luallen shows how to get the proper body taper on a Compara Dun dry fly.

Thread Rib

Wayne Luallen shows how to make a thread rib over a dubbed body, getting it to behave as you want.

Thread Trap

Wayne Luallen demonstrates an easy way to catch materials and secure them without having them roll on the hook shank when wrapping thread over them.

Tool Tip: Bobbin Holder Threader

A fly tying tool tip from Wayne Luallen. Using the Wasatch Rotating Bobbin Threader. Find the Wasatch tool here.

Tool Tip: Bodkin Cleaning

Wayne Luallen shows an easy way to clean varnish and other things off your dubbing needle.

Tool Tip: Dubbing Teasers

Wayne Luallen introduces a type of dubbing teaser shaped more like a brush.

Tool Tip: Dubbing Twisters

Wayne Luallen shows a couple of models of simple dubbing twisters.

Tool Tip: Hair Stackers

Wayne Luallens shows a couple of types of hair stackers for fly tying, including the closed end hair stacker.

Tool Tip: Lead Shear

Wayne Luallen shows a neat tool for cutting deer and elk hair off the hide

Tool tip: Polishing the Bobbin Holder Tube

Wayne Luallen shows how to get the inside of the bobbin holder tube smooth and free of burrs to avoid breaking or fraying the thread.

Tool Tip: Sharpening Scissor Tips

Wayne Luallen shows how to sharpen the tips of your scissors to enable you to reach in a cut very close and precisely.

Touch Dubbing

Wayne Luallen shows how to apply dubbing by simply touching the dubbing to a lightly waxed thread.

Trailing Shuck

Wayne Luallen shows a simple way of making and controlling a trailing shuck for midges and caddis flies.

Twisted Body

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to make a twisted body, useful for soft hackle flies and nymphs.

Tying off material

Wayne Luallen shows how to tie off material in such a way that it's secured properly.

V-wing

Wayne Luallen shows how to tie Eric Otzinger's V-wing, splitting a hackle, and shows various flies utilizing the technique.

Where to tie on a dry fly hackle

Wayne Luallen provides a little tip on tying in dry fly hackle to get the barbs to behave.

Whip Finish with dubbing

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to finish a fly with a furry head by whip finishing with dubbing on the thread.

Winding a folded feather

Wayne Luallen demonstrates how to wrap a folded feather to get a swept back hackle.