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More Mismatched Mistakes

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 29th

This is the seventh installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Match Width and Tapper

When choosing feathers from the cape, try and choose like sizes.  Feather from the same general vicinity on the cape will typically be the same size.  You do not want one wide webby feather and one thin skinny feather paired together.  Mismatching the  width or tapper of paired feathers may not effect the action of the fly in the water, but it makes your flies look awful.

Correctly Matched Size, Width and Tapper

Try and keep all of the feathers as uniform as possible.  Length is less important since you will be lining up the feathers at the tips, but they should be nearly identical in width and taper.  It is also important to choose feathers that have similar shapes at their points.  (Rooster Feathers tend to be narrower and come to an thin point at the tips, while Hen Feathers are typically more fat and rounded)

 

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-Drew

 

 

 

 

Mismatched Mistakes

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 22nd

 This is the seventh installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Mismatched Tips

A dead giveaway to a poorly tied fly or an inexperienced tier is mismatched hackles. Lining up the tips of the feathers is essential not only for esthetic reasons, but also for the fly to track correctly in the water.

Mismatched Pairs

Most flies utilize two pairs of matched feathers, one on either side of the fly. If one pair of feathers is longer, the fly will have more water resistance on that side and most likely cause the fly to track on it’s side or spin.   I find it is easiest to do by laying the feather out in 2 piles, and then matching the piles up.  Once you are close, pinch just below the tips of the feathers and pull the butts of the feathers with your opposite hand to get the tips in line.

 

 

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-Drew

 

 

 

 

 

Applying Pressure

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 15th

 This is the sixth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Applying Pressure Away From You Will Roll The Feathers

Inexperienced and even some intermediate tiers have a tendency to use the same amount of thread pressure for every wrap or only apply pressure to the thread away from their body. This causes the materials to roll or shift to the far side of the hook. If you want your materials to stay on top of the hook you need to apply thread pressure up!  This pinches the thread against the underside of the hook shank and forces the materials up.

Cover Up the Butts

Once the feathers have been cinched down make four of five tighter wraps to secure. Cover the butts of the feathers where they were cut to create a smooth transition to the shank of the hook.

 

 

 

 

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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

Up is Down & Down is UP

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 8th

 This is the Fifth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Cinch Down Buy Pulling UP

The direction and amount of thread pressure applied is very important when it comes to controlling the material and achieving  the desired result.  By pulling UP, you are applying pressure on the bottom of the hook shank and pinching the thread against  the underside of the of the hook.

 

Feathers are Pinch in the Direction You Apply Pressure

This results in forcing the feather to be pushed up and secured tightly on the top of the hook, instead of rolling them to the far side of the hook.    You can see that the the sides and bottom of the hook are clearly exposed, the feather did not shift or roll at all.

 

 

 

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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

Start With A Bump

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 1st

 This is the Forth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

A Thread Bump Will Help Splay Feathers

If you are tying a fly with splayed hackles (like a Classic Keys Tarpon Pattern), start the thread on the hook and create a small bump of thread.  Flattening the thread and then making several consecutive wraps on top of each other will do this.   The bump will help separate the feathers.

2 Loose Wraps

Match the tips of each pair first, then match up the two pairs to one another and tie in all four at the same time.   To secure the feathers, start with two loose wraps around the feathers and then cinch down the feathers buy pulling your thread UP.  More on this in in future posts…

 

 

 

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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew