What is a Whip Finisher?
A whip finisher is a knot tying tool for a fly tier. This tool is very easy to use but still seems to mystify many out there. To learn how to use a whip finisher click here.
A whip finish is a great way to finish a fly with a knot and not need to add head cement to the fly. Unlike a series of half hitch knots, a properly executed whip finish should not come apart.
Although a whip finish knot can be accomplished by using fingers, in some cases the tool comes in handy; for example, when trying to finish the fly where there is a lot of material near the hook eye. A parachute style fly is a perfect example of this. Using the tool in one hand and holding back the fibers in the other can make finishing these difficult flies easier.
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