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Do Not Create a Gap Between Barbs
Often times it is advised to create a small gap or opening between the barbs for a clean tie in point, but I do not advise this technique. Even stroking back a few of the barbules to create a small gap can cause problems.
Make Warps On Top of Folded Back Barbs
Your best bet is to fold back all the barbules, and make your wraps on top. Even though they are slender, the extra bulk will help to fill in all the tiny gaps and make the bundle more stable. Think of barbs like filler that can be compressed against the hook for added stability.
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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight