Hackle preparation

An easy way of preparing a hackle

By Martin Joergensen

I prepare the hackle for the Bjarke, Magnus, Bottle Brush and other similar flies like this:

  1. First grab the tip of the feather with the left hand covering the part that's going to be the tail
  2. Then moisten index and thumb of the right hand
  3. Then grab the feather as close as possible to the left hand fingers out and draw gently back
  4. You can remove a small section of the barbs to make the tying in easier and the hackle lie more neatly when wound
  5. The result
  6. Tail on hook

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