Video: How to Create Perfect Hackle-Fiber Tails


Last year, 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.

Many classic dry-fly and nymph patterns call for tails made from hackle fibers. Here, Tim explains how to choose the right feather, find the best fibers, and strip them from the quil. Then, he has a useful tip for tying in the tail, which will ensure that it ends up right on top of the hook.

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