Here is the latest part of the video series entitled “Fly tying tips and techniques in a minute” by Tim Flagler of Tightline productions. Each video teaches a single binding skill, from the simplest to the most advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone set to a vise to make a bow tie.

This week Tim shows you a cool trick that can come in handy when you can’t find your scissors or just want to impress your friends. Using just his fingers and the tension of the thread, Tim performs a whiplash, and then comes the really fun part: he cuts the thread with the string. The key is to pull the thread coming off the knot harder than the thread coming off the spool. The tensioned thread and the opposing forces cut the thread cleanly at the knot.