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.
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I’ve been tying for decades and it never occurred to me that I was winding thread tight with my wrapping technique. Great observation. This compilation of tips and tricks for feather handling is a great resource, particularly for those younger tiers who may be cutting their teeth on synthetics more than natural materials. Nice work.
Works for me, will use going forward.
All of the tips in the Feathers article will not be found another tying guides, but they are simple ways to make tying feathers easier with less wasted material. Thanks for the article.
I've watched a lot of youtube videos but this book helped me close a few gaps in my tying. It is concise, easy to read and follow.
Some good tips.
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