After teaching fly tying for several years, I have come to the realization that feathers cause more confusion and frustration than any other material. For both beginning fly tiers and seasoned pros alike (Yours Truly included), keeping them secured straight and even on the hook is a onerous chore that can suck the fun right out of fly tying. For that reason I created this free eBook to help you along the way.
Just complete the checkout and you'll be sent this free PDF eBook and added to my monthly fly tying newsletter with free tips, tricks, patterns and more.
When you decide to delve into using natural materials vs synthetics to tie flies, the degree of difficulty definetly goes up. Drew's "Feathers-Tips, Tricks & Common Mistakes" is a great resource for the different techniques specific to using feathers as well as helping with the selection process. Living in South Florida fishing for large predators in both fresh and salt, Drew's focus on fly durability is a bonus. I have since ordered Snook Flies - 2.
It’s a brief read packed with information. They say a picture captures a thousand words. The illustrations is certainly testimony to this. Read this book again and again and learn - packed with detailed information.
Feathers - Tips, Tricks & Common Mistakes (eBook)
I just started tying, so I have basically just taken what I’ve heard in random tying videos and used that for everything, such as spin the thread counter clockwise to chord up the thread. Your tip to do just the opposite when tying feathers to flatten it out makes perfect sense, and also making loose wraps and then pulling up on the thread to keep the feather on top has helped for more than just feathers.
Great tips! Very useful
Feathers - Tips, Tricks & Common Mistakes is a well written, to the point publication. Seasoned tiers can use this tutorial to fine tune their skills. A new tier can easily understand and follow Drew's techniques and become a better tier early in the game.
I wasn’t expecting much for free but it was surprisingly helpful!
Drew, I kinda knew from the start that there must be a better technique for selecting and securing feathers. I'd been wrestling with the blame things forever. Your tips will preserve my sanity, what's left of it. Thanks. - Zapper
I thought I put it in ebooks - but it is not there - can I get it again?
I've been tying flies for over 25 years but reading Drew's book on feathers I learned that there were much better ways of dealing with feathers than what I had been doing. My old habits died easily once I learned of better ways.