Originally Posted by busbus
How do you "stuff" the feather in the slot?
hold the tip end in one hand and the butt end in the other and insert the feather into the slit in the foam and the hackle fibers will become folded
that puts a preliminary fold in the hackle. after tying in your hackle you still need to stroke the folded fibers towards the bend while wrapping the hackle forward.
if you watch hans weilenmann tie hackled flies and also soft hackles, he mostly ties on his hackle first and when he wraps the hackle, he wraps toward the bend of the hook. he will then tie down the tip of the feather and quickly wrap the tying thread through the hackle to the head area. 3 whip finishes and it done.