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#1 michaeltownend


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:13 PM

Hi Folks


I would like to show you 3 methods I use when working with tippets.  First of all I apologise for the lack of body and hackle which makes tying a tad more difficult.  I wanted to get this out quick so people could use this immediately if they wish. So tying on a bare hook is dead easy.


First of all we will start with tippets in strips, when this is mentioned in a dressing you automatically realise it will be a small pattern as you have to use bigger tippets than you require, you would cut out 2 strips from a left and right handed feather, pair them up and moisten the tying in section.  Now tie on with 3 turns which is sufficient and mount it like a married wing lets say.  Being a right hand tier my left hand is gripping the show ends of the tippets and after trapping in, gently easing your left hand and arch them back towards the bend, this will keep them low and if you are lucky enough you will get a nice taper.


Tippets in strands:  for this one you only need one large single feather.  Hold your feather upright and violently strip a bunch of tippets off.  This will keep them in tacked and also keep a bit of rachis attached.  Once you have done both sides pair them up and mount.  Normally with a body and hackle on this will kick your tippets up to roughly a 45 degree angle, don't worry about this and if you are mounting a mixed wing or a built wing this will force your tippets to sit down low.


Full tippets:  I have never been comfortable with cutting or stripping sections off full tippets and as Ryan has mentioned I have not seen this in any old classic.  I believe they used spit to tame them and I have included 3 photos, 1 starting off with a normal pair, 2nd photo I have moistened them in my mouth to lower them, 3rd and final one was re-moistened again to lower further still.  Meanwhile, I would get on with making up any wing I desire and mount, by this time the tippets will be dry and will not interfere with your winging.  Finally, this may look all too easy on a bare hook but I'm sure with a little practice you will work it out.  BTW all pics. have 3 turns of unwaxed thread.


I hope this is of some help to some of you.


Best regards Mike

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#2 Jim_Montgomery


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:28 PM

Moochas grassie arse Mr. Mike.


That should make it a bit easier.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Thanks Mike. Will greatly help. Scott

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:45 PM

Nicely done Mike!!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:50 PM

Very instructive Mike, well done!


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:12 PM

Much appreciated! I was wondering about two of your three examples, so thank you!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:37 PM

Well done Mike.  Very easy to read and understand.  The pictures bring it all together.  We should sticky this in the tutorials, and by we I mean Bud.  Thanks Bud!  ;)



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

Great stuff Mike and very important to know the difference between strands and strips and this shows it very well,have to say I complete agree with you about lining tippets up with butt ect,why and what for?
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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:00 PM

nice one sir mike



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:52 PM

very informative and helpful sir mike-thanks for posting.

and i second putting in tutorials's Bud
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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:31 PM

it will be done


I like the last pic, all bundled up full of spit. looks sweet





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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:27 PM

Greatly appreciated Mike, this is very helpful, I didn't realize spit was so useful. Nicely explained and photographed. Thanks



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:52 PM

Exquisite Mike!  PaulR

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

Thanks Mike!

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:09 AM

As again Mike direct hit helpfull and sharing if Bud was to pin all your stuff would be great


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:13 PM

Good stuff, Mike. Do you flavor the tippets before licking them? What would Bud pu on? Geert would soak them iin whiskey, which would deter the need to lick, but cause him to drink the feathers. Oh well.


You are very good at this - thanks for sharing.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:11 PM

Dear MIKE,

Most exellent tutorial !!! (muchooooooooo appreciated by a 'young learner' !!! hahahahaha)

Deserves plainly to 'come' into the pinned tutorials !!!

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

Bud, can we move this to the tutorial section now? It is on it's way down and out of sight.