Video: Understanding Hackle Feathers

Here’s this week’s installment our series “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.

Hackles are used widely in fly tying, but the wall of your shop features several different kind of hackels–saddles, necks, strung hackle–from both cocks and hens. How do you know which to use and when? Here, Tim offers a basic breakdown of the feathers on each kind of pelt and talks about which kinds of flies you’d use these feathers for. This is vital knowledge for anyone building a set of fly-tying materials.

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