Hair Stacking and Other Applicable Stuff

Uneven stacking

Understanding hair
Hair scales
Deer, Elk and Moose
Calf Tail and Bucktail
Hand stacking
Uneven stacking
Cleaning hair
Selecting hair
Some flies require a slight unevenness to their tips. Consider the following from among several methods available:

  1. Choose hair that is adequately even on the skin. It may not need to be stacked at all.
  2. With hair of rather dramatically different length but similar diameter, stop after an initial, brief stacking.
  3. Stack the hair with the stacker vertically up to the final stack. When the stacker is laid horizontally to remove the clump, the hair will slightly misalign.
  4. After final stacking, rotate the stacker one revolution and then remove the clump. The more horizontal to inverted the stacker during this rotation the more misaligned the hair will be.
  5. After removing the stacked hair, roll the clump slightly between the fingers holding it. Another similar approach, but a bit more tricky is to push/pull your fingers holding the hair very slightly in opposite directions.
  6. Simply handling the hair will misalign it. Swapping the stacked clump from one hand to the other once or twice should do the job.
A particular method may work better for one hair type versus another, so be willing to experiment.

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