We often hear of fly tiers struggling to use a whip finishing tool – a fly tying accessory that’s meant to make things easier, not harder! If you are one of many who find it difficult to use a whip finisher, watch this short fly tying clip from Davie McPhail. Davie methodically talks us through each step of the process of using the Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher.
How to use a whip finishing tool:
The Tiemco midge finisher is a small, compact whip finishing tool that measures just 4 inches in length. At roughly half the size of a standard whip finisher, this midge version gives more accuracy and control when finishing a head of a small fly.
Recommended for flies smaller than a size 16, but will handle flies up to a size 8 if used correctly.
What does Davie McPhail think of the Tiemco Whip Finisher? He say’s “It’s one of the simplest whip finishing tools I’ve ever used, and the rotary body makes everything so much easier and gives much more control over a conventional tool”.
Some fly tiers also use their fingers to do the whip finish, but those with rough fingers can often fray the thread. Although doing the whip finish with your fingers provides an acceptable knot, it can sometimes come undone if not executed correctly.
Finishing your fly with a perfect knot will ensure the longevity of your flies, and a proper whip finishing tool is the best way to do so and using a tool is recommended by many of the best fly tiers in the world.
Fulling Mill have a wide selection of fly tying tools available, from ceramic bobbin holders to the extremely popular Deer dresser scissors from Tiemco. If you’re looking for quality, Japanese made fly tying tools, look no further.