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Old 01-26-2014, 07:22 AM
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Is there a section of this forum that deals specifically with fly tying problems? I spent quite a bit of time looking around but couldn't find it. When I'm tying a deer hair back wing on a streamer, the hair near the eye wants to spin around the hook after the first couple of wraps. If I try to tie it more loosely the hairs pull out fairly easily. Help.
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Hey. Welcome to the forum.
I think you need to change a couple of things.
1. Use less hair
2. Use waxed thread, I.e. additional wax, not just pre waxed thread
3. Do two locking wraps. I.e. make the first wrap, then have the second wrap go back over the first, then pull tight on the bobbin towards you that will tighten the wraps.
4. Make sure you hold the deer hair tightly
5. If the hair rolls after those wraps, keep tension on the thread and gently roll the butt sections on the hair back to where your want them.
6. Additional wraps forward will secure the hair

Hope that helps...
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I have always found working with deer hair difficult. I've seen many others here say the same thing. Until I made myself tie a few patterns (Elk hair caddis, hoppers, stimulators) with it over and over till I got em right, I used to avoid deer hair like the plague. So-practice, practice, practice.
If you want some less than commercial grade grey mule deer hair to practice with, PM me your address and I'll send you a chunk. Then you can practice without spending a bunch on good hair.
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Well there you have it,

Welcome to the forum. The General Fly Tying Discussion threads are the place to ask and as you see the members will answer.

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