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Half-Hitch Rule
By Steven H. McGarthwaite


Correct Half-Hitch Knot

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 difference.

2 half-hitches

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."

Loop OVER

Loop UNDER

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 done tying.


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If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Most of this material someone else thought of it before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite parnelli@attbi.com (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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