In fly tying we use a tool call the "Bodkin." The "Bodkin"
has a needle-point at one end, the handle at the other end. The
handle has two purposes; as a hair packer, and as a half-hitch
tool. Many people tie their Half-Hitches using the "Bodkin"
improperly. The think they are doing a Half-Hitch, while they
are actually are just doing two Quarter-Hitches. While a
Half-Hitch is comprised of two Quarter-Hitches, there is a BIG
The "Half-Hitch Rule," as any Boy Scout will tell you, is comprised
of two Quarter-Hitches. But the second Quarter-Hitch is reversed
from the first Quarter-Hitch. This may seem trivial , but the
"Half-Hitch Rule" is as important for the Half-Hitch, as the "Square-Knot
Rule is for the "Square Knot."
The "Half-Hitch Rule," simply stated, " . . .loop over, loop
under." What this means, is for the first Quarter-Hitch, start with
the bodkin resting on top of the thread. For the second Quarter-Hitch, start
with the bodkin on the bottom of the thread. If the "Half-Hitch" is
done improperly, material can come loose on the fly before you are even
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