Before learning a proper whip, the only finishing skill I had in my arsenal was to simply complete the fly, add a drop of Super Glue over my final wrap and then snip the remaining thread. This method was very messy and would often ruin the appearance of what could have been a nice-looking fly. Finally, someone attempted to walk me through whip finishing with a tool. After about an hour of thread breaking and slipping, though, my teacher thought I was hopeless. He finally suggested just learning a single half hitch. It was quick, easy and somewhat effective, and that's exactly what I did for a long time. However, I repeatedly found myself tossing fly after fly in the trash due to severe unraveling problems. At this point, I knew I was going to have to shape up or ship out and whip myself into shape.