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Just like in cooking, the best tool is your hands

Learn to use your hands

Generally, folks avoid whip finishing by hand, but practice will make it easy – like riding a bike. There are tools available, but the best way is to learn to make it by hand.

There are three different ways to make a hand-tied whip-finish. One method (see video) is by wrapping thread with two fingers at the head of the fly –  the fastest method.

A half-hitch knot is not a whip-finish, to cite one common error. It places only one turn of the thread as an over-wrap as opposed to a whip-finish that is commonly three to five turns.

Featured image by Mike Cline – Atlanta, 2008.

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