Video: Understanding Different Kinds of Hackle


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.

Have you ever wondered why there are different kinds of hackle available in fly shops and catalogs? In this video, Tim explains the differences among the three most popular kinds of hackle: rooster cape, rooster saddle, and hen cape. Capes and saddles come from different parts of the bird, and they display different characteristics, which affect how you might use them. Tim really pulled out all the stops when it comes to video special effects and graphics here.

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