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Hair Hackle - Pott's Weave

By Al Campbell
Photo Copyright © 1998 Al Campbell
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Hair Hackle - Pott's Weave

  1. Pound 4 nails into a board about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide.

  2. Stretch 3/0 thread between the nails, tying off at the ends.

  3. Tie a piece of 3/0 thread to both long threads and half hitch 6 times around both threads, tying them together at one end of the board.

  4. Knot a few hairs with an overhand knot to one of the parallel threads and slide to the half hitches on the end. Then bring the half hitch thread over the hair and half hitch the two parallel threads together with 6 more half hitches. Make sure you keep all of the hair and half hitches tight against the starting half hitches to make a secure hackle. Repeat this series of hair knots and half hitches 4 to 7 times to form a sparse but usable hackle.

  5. Make 7 more half hitches after the last hair knot.

  6. Cut the hackle loose from the nails leaving the half hitches of thread on each side of the hackle. Now you have a usable hackle to wind around the fly.

  7. Wrap the hackle around the fly and secure with thread on both sides of the knots.

  8. Fold about 1/3 of the hackle that extends over the hook eye back between the knots and tie off in front of the knots or on both sides of the knots. (The designer tied off both ways.) Clip the rest of the hair that is over the hook eye short.

  9. Create a head, whip finish and glue.

  10. Clip the hackle on the finished fly so it extends about 1/4 of the hook shank beyond the hook bend.

"Tying Tip"

"This is an old time favorite Montana fly. The gentleman who designed this fly kept the tying steps to himself, his family and a rare few. The body weave is one you will find in all of Potts patterns, sometimes on top, sometimes on the bottom. The hair hackle (The Frizzle) is a trade mark of all Potts flies, and time consuming to create." ~ Al Campbell

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