Welcome to the latest part of our video series entitled “Fly tying tips and techniques in a minute” by Tim Flagler of Tightline productions. Each video demonstrates 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.

In this week’s lesson, Tim shows you how to create realistic tapered bodies on baitfish patterns that use synthetic materials. Most baitfish are naturally tapered front to back, so a fly that ends in a straight fiber line will not provide a realistic silhouette in the water. As always, Tim’s solution is both simple and effective – one of those “wow” moments that often happens when you see a master at work.