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Doug Thorpe

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Cutting Thread
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:17:48 PM »
I recently came across this thanks to Orvis posting fly tying videos from Tightline Productions.

It is a very innovative way to trim thread after a whip finish, and should in theory save some time messing around with scissors.  That is if your whip finish is a Matarelli style .

http://vimeo.com/84664974

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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 01:39:24 PM »
I hold my scissors in my had the entire time I am tying flies, so when it comes to cutting thread I use my scissors in the same fashion. The blades of my scissors have an cutting edge and what I like to call an anvil edge ( this edge is serrated ) which is the one I slide across my thread to cut. Its a faster way to cut than closing the scissor on the thread and cuts closer.
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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 05:58:17 AM »
Glad to see that someone built a good video on this. I also do this method with my whip finishers. But truly there are many places during different procedures that I just snap tear of the thread or material. When I lay down a thread base, I just tear it off, or when I tie in and lockin  a dryfly hackle and then whip finnish or wet fly hackle I tear it off as well. And yes I often still just hold my scissors in my winding hand if they are standard looped scissor, not so much for spring scissors..
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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 11:20:15 AM »
I use the scissors as well. Always cuts the thread right at the tie off point (providing they're sharp scissors).

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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 05:02:15 PM »
Nice approach.  I don't use a whip finisher myself, but if I did, it would be a nice idea.

I have tried holding the scissors in my hand the entire tie, as Ron suggests, but for me it takes too much getting used to and the scissor usually reduce the mobility of my fingers.  But I know it works great for some guys.
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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 05:15:20 AM »
What kind of fun would tying be without the game "Find the Scissors" followed closely by Find the whip finisher along with where is that material I JUST put down? I mean I JUST put it down?
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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2017, 10:14:10 AM »
Cool tip. I'll try it.

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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 09:04:58 AM »
I'll likely stab myself!  But I'll give it a try.

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Re: Cutting Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2017, 03:21:27 PM »
I like it, Thanks Doug. Less tools the better, my tying desk it crowded enough. Great!
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