As much as I hate to admit it, there is a very good reason to
use a 'whip-finish' tool. I still won't use one, I do it the
'old-fashioned way' by hand, but here's the reason anyway.
Small diameter thread will twist into a pig-tail if you use a
five turn whip-finish by hand and sometimes jam and break while
tightening. To avoid this when I am using 6/0 thread or smaller,
I use two whips, three turns in each, one on top of the other.
With only three turns in each they do not pig-tail for me. This
of course does not happen with a tool, the tool keeps the loop
open as it is pulled tight.
Why don't I use a tool? I don't have to. Besides, most of the
flies I tie requite 3/0 thread, (kevlar) and I use a five turn
whip. ~ JC
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