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    Default Split-thread softhackle SBS

    Another way to use those big feathers for soft hackles.


    tied here on a basic Pheasant Tail




    this feather would be perfect for a #8 but I'm interested in something more like a #18





    insert the barbs in clip (extend about shank length); Petijean's is a nice tool, and makes it easy to show the process in photos, but any clip will do the job





    trim the butt ends close, but leave enough to grab with the thread





    split thread (UTC 70 used here)




    insert clip





    slide thread down till it captures the barbs and release clip





    spin bobbin to lock in feather barbs





    wet fingers, stroke fibers back while wrapping "hackle"





    half hitch, SHHAN




    Craig Mathews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbZlVPsKv9M and Walter Wiese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-dfsN0ZPkc have put together excellent instructions using oversize feathers, but for the life of me, I can't spin one like Mathews and when I use Walter's method, I often get uneven distribution around the fly (more a matter of lack of ability on my part). Using the split-thread really doesn't take much longer and I've found it produces consistent results for me; YMMV.

    Regards,
    Scott
    Last edited by ScottP; 01-08-2014 at 02:35 PM.

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