Video: How to Tie Hair Wings, Part 1

A few 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.

Dry-fly patterns such as the Royal Wulff and the Patriot float well, are easy to see, and catch a ton of trout. What separates these flies from other dries are that the wings are made of hair, rather than hackle tips. In this great video, the first of two parts, Tim shows how to choose the right hair and then how to prepare it for tie in. Come back next Tuesday for part 2, which will demonstrate how to tie the prepared clump of hair to the hook.

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