Video: How to Create a Neat, Clean Hair Wing

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.

The Elk-Hair Caddis and similar flies that use deer or elk hair are go-to patterns for trout anglers everywhere. But tying in the wing can be a pain: sometimes the hair flares too much or spins around the hook shank, and the head can obscure the hook eye. Here, Tim shows you exactly where and how to attach a hair wing to get the best profile and to avoid these problems.

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