Nicely finished heads are the mark of a great fly tyer, and today professional fly designer, Stuart Foxall, is here with some step by step tips on finishing your flies with cleaner looking heads.
Stuart Foxall on Tying Neater Heads
A consistent problem I see from most inexperienced fly tiers are beautifully tied flies that are unfortunately slightly spoiled by a big ugly head.
Here’s a classic Dee style pattern called the Gledwing which deserves to be finished with a lovely clean head. After all, as he’s off to chase some chrome ladies, he needs to look his best!
Below are the final steps for tying the Gledwing that emphasizes a few techniques I like to use when finishing a fly. These should help you create tidier heads, no matter what style of fly you are tying.