Video: How to Create Perfect Hackle-Fiber Fly Tails

Here’s the latest installment in an ongoing series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches 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 fly patterns call for tails made from the fibers of a single hackle feather. Here, Tim demonstrates the best technique for ensuring that you choose the right fibers and then properly removing them the stem. If you do it correctly, the tips of the fibers are aligned, and the bunch is ready to be ties in at the back of the hook. The end result is an even, attractive tail and a fly with the right proportions.

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