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Old 01-13-2013, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: hackle pliers for soft hackle question

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I have been seriously been thinking about using one of these as hackle pliers. I hate the ones that came with my kit, the stem is always slipping. For $3.50, how can you go wrong??

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That's like the one I have except that I bought mine from Feather-Craft and I love it. I have heard those ones you posted *sometimes* have a sharp edge on the metal prong, thus can cut into the hackle. I've read of people adding a piece of shrink tube over it which has reportedly solved the problem.
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Default Re: hackle pliers for soft hackle question

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I have been seriously been thinking about using one of these as hackle pliers. I hate the ones that came with my kit, the stem is always slipping. For $3.50, how can you go wrong??

Mini Hook Clips : Hook Clips | RadioShack.com
They work double duty to hold flies for photos too, just put the base of the clip in the middle of a thread spool or such.

You can also add a key ring clip to them if the hole at the base is through and through, then you can wind them on your finger like a regular hackle plier.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:27 AM
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When I use hackle pliers, I have always been partial to English Hackle Pliers:

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They work for me, even using starling feathers on #18's and #20's - tied in at the stem...

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Default Re: hackle pliers for soft hackle question

I like this style the best for most applications:

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It has a rubber pad on one side and holds pretty tight. But a lot of practice is necessary too, no matter which tool you have.
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I have a pair of these also. I opened them up and put a coat of rubber cement over the rubber pad because the rubber was too hard and tended to break or cut the stem. The cement has worn off now, but it gave me some slack till I became more proficient with the pliers.
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Default Re: hackle pliers for soft hackle question

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Ian: Interesting idea, for that price it would be worth a try, let us know if they work ok or not. I've tried a number of hackle pliers over the years and never really been satisfied with any I tried and as a result always go back to hand winding.
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I've always; well, almost always, tip-tyed in soft hackles.

These are the hackle pliers that I use for almost everything. It's been important to me to use the stainless steel pliers, the brass coated version doesn't work anywhere near as well in my hands.

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:25 AM
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I use the same type as JoJer but replaced the rubber tip with grippier tubing and stretched it out so it has more tension. I have the Dr. Slick with the round rubber tip but find it clumbersome on small stuff.
I would like to try a high grade English type. So far I've only used cheap, kit types like that and am not overly impressed.
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I use a rotary one for soft hackles so there is no twisting and breaking off.
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They work double duty to hold flies for photos too, just put the base of the clip in the middle of a thread spool or such.
On the electical clamps shown, I glue a coin to the bottom to weigh it down and make it more stable for pictures.
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I finally found the hackle pliers I always knew someone could come up with. They grip like mad and are very light weight and tiny for squeezing into tight spots. The surfaces are all polished and smooth to eliminate cutting or fraying tight thread.Tyflyz Tools makes playing with CDC fun again.

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