This program will help you shorten your learning curve on how to work with hair to create beautiful and effective bass bugs. Learn about the various periods of the winter coat of the whitetail deer, which hair is to be used for which flies, from trout patterns to bass bugs.
Which subspecies of the whitetail deer and other ungulates have the best hair for tying, where the hair is found on the body of the hide, and other characteristics of the hair that you should understand. Also explained is the proper thread to use and the most effective tools to make tying these bugs easy.
All the techniques for handling the hair, how much hair to use, spinning, stacking, installing gills, crafting perfect bands of hair are shown in detail. How to craft a proportional bug, using serrated scissors along with a razor blade to finish the fly, and installing the eyes. By following the tips and techniques demonstrated by Chris Helm with the correct material and tools plus practice, tying hair will become an enjoyable part of your fly tying pastime.
Chris Helm of Whitetail Fly Tying Supplies has been tying flies for 35 years. Although he is well known for his study of whitetail deer and working with deer hair, he ties and teaches all types of flies. The Buz Buszak Memorial Fly Tying Award was given to Chris Helm, which is the highest award available to any tyer. Chris has written numerous articles on deer hair, thread, specific fly patterns for various fly fishing and fly tying magazines both in the USA and abroad.
To date he has completed 11 fly tying DVDs and enjoys all types of fishing but has a special love for bonefish, permit, bass, bluegill, grayling and pike.
- Early, Mid and Late Season Hides
- Cross Sections and Hair Color
- Thread Tension
- Hair Strength and Hair Spinning Exercise
- All Techniques Slider
- Rubber Legs and Marabou Tail
- Side Stacking Collar
- Hair Density
- Stacking and Spinning
- Handling Hair Efficiently
- Spinning An Even Color Band
- Hair Packers
- Finishing Head
- Whip Finish Tool
- Scissor Rough Trim
- Razor Blade Finish Trim
- Plastic Eyes