I have been reading Fly Angler's OnLine since October
of 1997. In that time, I have learned many things and
forgotten a lot more. I regularly go back and read
the archives on FAOL to see what I have forgotten or
missed along the way.
Below are the two "Tying Tips" I learned here long ago.
The first has to do with dry flies and the wrapping of
the hackle to make a collar. The second addresses how
to secure material when tying. Both are in the same article
(in the FAOL archives), can you name that article? (Hint:
the Tying Tips section hadn't started yet.)
In honor of the 5th Anniversary of FAOL, there is a very
nice prize to the first three readers who email the
publisher with the name of the correct article.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tying Tip #1
Keeping the DULL side of the hackle forward will keep
the barbels all pointing to the front. This makes the
fly ride better on the water.
Tying Tip #2
When you tie off the hackle take two turns around the
quill of the hackle and then make a turn over the hook.
This locks the feather better than just winding thread
over the end of it.
Have fun, send your answers in. ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, here at FAOL too.
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