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    Default Hackle Pliers

    With all the different hackle pliers available, what is your favorite style or brand. There is nothing more frustrating ,(except your thread breaking) then loosing a hackle on the last wrap. What do you use on flies 22 & smaller??

    Neil

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    Default Re: Hackle Pliers

    Quote Originally Posted by FISHN50 View Post
    What do you use on flies 22 & smaller??
    Plunger clips.... (I never knew what they were called 'till just now)
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    Default Re: Hackle Pliers

    FISHN50 thanks for posting this question! Hackle pliers have been the bane of my fly tying sessions! I have tried several different kinds and with all of them, the feather breaks right at a critical moment. I am probably not using them correctly, but I haven't had the same difficulty since I started using just my fingers for wrapping feathers.

    So, I would also love to know what works - especially with smaller flies/feathers. I have not seen plunger clips before. Do they work with smaller feathers?

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    Default Re: Hackle Pliers

    I've used those Electronic test clips also, You just have to smooth out the brass hook a little as they usually have a sharp corner & that will cut the feathers.

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    I've been using Dr. Slick pliers for quite a while, and they're really the only
    pliers I like. They'll hold anything, but are light enough to hang from #18
    hackle.


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    I use the same as Riptide. I tried pretty much everything and they're the ones I like working with the most. I didn't know the name of those either!

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    I have the same ones as Frank B. but to be honest, I don't ever use them...I don't use anything.

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    i like using rotating hackle pliers.

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    I cant think of teh name of it but I just bought a small black one with a push button(like a bobber) and a little metal finger comes out the end, great for small flies, anything smaller then a 18 I buy though lol
    For bigger flies I like the ones with a rubber pad on the grippers.
    Bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by arfishinbear View Post
    I cant think of teh name of it but I just bought a small black one with a push button(like a bobber) and a little metal finger comes out the end, great for small flies, anything smaller then a 18 I buy though lol
    For bigger flies I like the ones with a rubber pad on the grippers.
    Bear
    Plunger,,,, thanks riptide lol

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