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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:37 pm    Post subject: Whip finish, finger. Reply with quote

Please be in no doubt that with practice the whipping is even easier than a half hitch.

To begin with, here is a sketch to illustrate the structure of the whipping:

The 'standing thread', which terminates at the bobbin in the bobbin holder, is laid close to the hook shank. The 'working thread' is wrapped round both the shank and the standing end as many times as required, and finally the standing thread is pulled to pull through the excess of the loop.

So to the method:
After making a start there are essentially two movements -
lay the thread round the hook,
turn the fingers back,
repeat the above two moves several times. That's all.

To reduce typing I shall refer to the first and second fingers as F1 and F2.
As always, it is essential never to let the thread go slack.

To start:-

Draw about 6" to 8" of thread off the bobbin. The length is critical. Practice to find the length which is most comfortable through the next moves. Holding the thread tight, lay F1 and F2 on it as shown. Turn the hand clockwise (bringing the palm to face upwards), so that the thread forms a loop round the fingers and is carried between the bobbin and F1 to lie close to the hook shank, forming the 'standing thread'.


But as the thread reaches that position, turn the fingers back (anticlockwise) within the loop of thread until your palm is facing almost directly away from you.
Then to lay the thread round the shank:-

start to separate the fingers so that F2 hooks the standing thread towards yourself while F1 guides the working thread away from you over the shank. Then F1 falls down behind the shank to lay the thread , and as it falls below the level of the hook it relaxes back toward F2.**

Now to the second turn:-

With the fingers still together, lift the loop up in front of the hook while again revolving the hand so that the palm faces away from you. You are now ready to lay another thread round the hook, so back to the previous step.

** You might find that at this point the loop you have layed round the hook is pulled open, as shown here:

Don't struggle with it. Just carry on with the next loop and you will find that it will correct itself.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent Mudskipper, that's got to be one of the most comprehensive whip finish Step By Steps I've come across Very Happy. I particularly like the close ups overlayed on the bigger picture so you can see exactly what should be happening with both your hands / fingers and the thread at the same time, cracking idea that Smile

Thankyou very much for sharing this with us.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant Skip...a bloody easy post to follow. I'll be trying that out later on.

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Thanks Mudskipper, an excellent reference.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent detail in the pics Mudskipper, thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pardon my slip, I just realised I didn't show how to finish it -
temporarily trap the thread against the hook with a finger of the left hand while you pick up a needle, insert it into the loop, hold the hoop tight with it while pulling the bobbin end through. Pull the needle out as the loop closes right up to the whipping.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shows how much we really know, don't it.... Embarassed

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been tying for many years and still haven't perfected the one handed whip.
I am still using both hands, Embarassed but this may well point me in the right direction.

Brilliantly explained. Well done and Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

on a former post discussing whip finishing
http://www.completefisher.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2136&highlight=
I put a link to a small video showing the whip finish in action

http://www.fly-dresser.com/patterns/wf01.wmv


might compliment the excellent article above

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