Video: How to Clip, Clean, and Stack Hair


A couple months ago, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

In this video, Tim shows you how to prepare hair–whether deer, elk, or something more exotic–to be tied on the hook. The cleaning and stacking process is not difficult, but if you don’t do it correctly, your flies won’t be very attractive. The cool thing about Tim’s videos is that there is always one little thing you learn to make life easier–in this case the final tap of the stacker at a 45-degree angle.

2 thoughts on “Video: How to Clip, Clean, and Stack Hair”

  1. One might add that it is important to hold the tube portion of the stacker tight in to the base when tapping it on the tabletop to prevent the tube from jumping out.

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