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, the second of a three-part series, Tim uses macro images of peacock eyes and herls to explain how different parts of the feather are constructed differently, which will inform your choice of herls for a given pattern. When you are using herl for a fly body or thorax, make sure you are orienting the herls correctly to get the best effect.
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