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Flatten Your Thread
First and foremost, when you are working with feathers, you need to make sure your thread is flat! Fly tying thread is made up of multiple filaments or fibers that are twisted together. There are situations for using a tightly twisted or compressed thread, but this is definitely not one of them.
If you are a right-handed tier, with each wrap you are twisting the thread, and eventually it becomes round like a rope. For right-handed tiers, spinning the bobbin to the left will untwist it and cause the thread fibers to lay flat. Flattened thread has more surface area and is more efficient at gathering and locking materials in place. After every few wraps you make and before you add any new materials, it is very important that you spin your bobbin until your thread is flat.
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