Here’s the latest video in our series called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques,” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.
Tying a perfect, dense, hackle collar makes a dry fly look great. Tim jokes about how good the flies will look on Instagram, but the dense hackle will also help the pattern float better and sit on the water beautifully. The keys are choosing the right feather and then preparing it for tie-in. The video explains exactly how to do that.