PART FIVE: DOUBLE THE FIBRES AND TIE THE HACKLE
THE HACKLE is there to add colour and movement. It is applied as a collar using two dyed cock hackles – one orange, one yellow, mirroring the colours in the tail. When applying a collar hackle on a salmon fly of this type the intention is to have the fibres form a ruff that sweeps back over the body and wing. To achieve this, the hackle feathers are prepared in a way known as doubling. This entails stroking the fibres so that they are all on the same side of the central stem. This way, as the stem is wound the fibres will sit in the same direction, without needing turns of thread to force them backwards.
22 Select two cock hackles – one orange, one yellow. It’s important that their fibres are the same length, slightly more than twice that of the hook gape.
23 Taking the yellow hackle first, strip away the soft fibres from its base to leave a bare section of stem. Holding the base of the hackle with hackle pliers, stroke the fibres so they all sit on one side of the stem.