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gt05254 02-08-2013 08:40 AM

Tying wet fly throats
 
Here's the method I use for tying in throats on my atlantic salmon wet flies:
First, take one or two hen cape hackles, clean off the fuzz, and snip to create a v-shaped feather:
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tie in under the hook, concave side facing down:
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Grasp the stem and pull thru the loose loops until you have the length you're looking for:
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cut off stem, tie in, and move on to the next step:
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For me, this is far easier than wrapping a hackle, then pulling it down and binding it in and trimming the top. Plus, you get a smaller head this way.

There is a long and pic-heavy SBS on my blog on how I tie my Celtic Beauty, with the above steps included.
Gary

busbus 02-08-2013 09:16 AM

Re: Tying wet fly throats
 
Wow! I like it. I fight this all the time and jab the hook into my fingers as I turn the hook upside down and try to place the hackle on. I need to remember this!!

mcnerney 02-08-2013 09:30 AM

Re: Tying wet fly throats
 
Gary: Very nice tip, thanks for sharing!

jaybo41 02-09-2013 02:13 PM

Re: Tying wet fly throats
 
That's a wonderful technique and SBS gary! Thanks for putting that together. I've often wondered how to put a throat on a fly like that. Very similar to Kelly's leg technique. Very good stuff!

gt05254 02-09-2013 02:21 PM

Re: Tying wet fly throats
 
Gentlemen, thank you for the good words. And very glad you found it helpful.
Gary


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