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Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Trout Fly Of The Month -

Qual­ity of hackle is nowhere near as im­por­tant as barb length of hackle, which should be about the same as the dis­tance from the eye to the hook­point. Three or four turns will be enough for a top-qual­ity hackle with a high-den­sity barb count. Up to six turns may be needed for hack­les with a lower barb count. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the hackle floats the fly, not the post, which is only there to wrap the hackle around. On that ba­sis, use any­thing that will do the job. Cheap poly yarn is just fine. I like to tie my posts on the slim side, and crop them short, but oth­ers like to use them as a sight­ing aid, and leave them longer, and even use dif­fer­ent colours for dif­fer­ent light­ing sit­u­a­tions. Ty­ing off the hackle can be tricky. Watch videos on Youtube and pick the method that suits you best.

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