Originally Posted by turbineblade
Hi - I've seen some bucktail streamer patterns that require a few herl feathers on the top (as a flowing wing part, like the bucktail). My experience with herl is that I can pretty much tear it off of any hook I tie it to at will, with only moderate effort.
Is this normal for this material, or is there a way to make it more durable?
Nor really sure what to tell ya, but maybe shop around for different brands maybe. I have found that herl can be of varying degrees of durability. I am currently using some that are really long and sparse with fibers but it is really tough. Other shorter more full herl I have is very soft and easily breakable. Not sure if it has a shelf life but I bet if its stored for long periods in a dry environments it can probably get brittle.