Video: How to Prepare and Tie-In a Soft-Hackle Feather

Here’s the latest installment in the video series 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.

Last week, Tim showed you how to find just the right feathers to create a soft-hackle collar on a fly. This week, he demonstrates his method for stripping, preparing, and tying-in that feather. The key is to get the fibers you want in position in such a way that the feather is anchored and the stem doesn’t break.

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