Trucos de montaje

By Steven H. McGarthwaite

For every rule there is an exception, and for every exception, there is reason. Rules are meant to be broken, and that is a fact of life. ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite
Thread is a mysterious and mystical material. It can be very obedient, and other times a wildcat. There is a time to tie the thread to its maximum tension (short of breaking point) and a time to wrap loosely or with less tension. It all depends on the hook being used, materials being used, and the fly pattern being tied.

Just as there is a proper size/type of thread, for the size of the hook or fly pattern being tied, there is also a proper thread tension to use. You would not think of using 3/0 thread to tie a size 24 ant. Nor would you use 8/0 thread while packing deer hair, for a "Muddler Minnow." Neither would you crank the thread just short of breaking strenght on a thin wire, dry fly hook.

The basic rule for thread tension is it must remain constant through out the whole construction of the fly pattern. If the thread tension is reduced, the thread will loosen where is shouldn't, and a critical material can become unfastened. I emphasis "CAN!" Not that it "WILL," just that it "CAN."

There may come a time, when a pattern you are tying will require high tension for a certain portion of the fly's construction. Whether it is to secure "Squirrel Hair," or tie down some "Elk Hair" or "Deer Hair." But the fact that portion of the flies construction requires higher tension, does not mean the whole fly has to be tied at that tension.

While back here in "Tying Tips," there was an article titled "Half-Hitch Rule." If you want to change tension while tying a fly pattern, you just have to perform a half hitch before you change tension, and after you are done. This will isolate the higher or lower thread tension segment on the hook. ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite

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