Fly Fishing Forum - Reply to Topic
>> Archive: Bonefish/Tarpon Flies Flats candy, mangrove magic

Thread: Len's Hackle Merkin Reply to Thread
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options
Rate Thread
If you like, you can add a score for this thread.

Topic Review (Newest First)
05-04-2006 07:44 PM
nevada caster
folding feathers

I agree with the other posts here but if you want to try it, you grab the pin end of the feather between your thumb and index finger of one hand (your Off hand), and the tip of the feather in your dominant hand between your little finger and palm. Then gradually bend the barbs of both sides of the feather together between the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand. it is not hard to figure out which side of the feather should be up.
If you find this difficult, there are a number of gizmos that have been designed to help that are available in some of the catalogs.
04-24-2006 03:39 PM
BigDave You can get away with tying that fly by stripping the hackle off one side of the quill and tying in multiple quills to palmer. It's quick and ugly but looks just as good when the job is done. Remember you'll be trimming most of it off anyway.
04-24-2006 03:26 PM
rogerstg Folded hackle is the technique for folding the hackle barbs so that both sides meet on the same side of the quill. It's generally used to provide a fuller, neater tie when palmering or making a collar. It's a common technique for freshwater fly tying.
04-22-2006 01:55 PM
striblue Dick Brown does post on this forum from time to time..his handle is send him a PM with your question on folding. I think it may simply be an "expressive" term and not literally.
02-17-2006 01:07 AM
Len's Hackle Merkin

I'm new to the forum and new to fly tying, but I'm really enjoying both. I tied some banded snapping shrimp tonight. Need some work and had to improvise on some materials, but really a deadly looking fly! Thank you Black Francis. I also want to try Len's Hackle Merkin (Dick Brown's Book), but I don't understand how to tie in "folded" grizzly saddle hackle. What does he mean by folded? Can anyone give me some help? Also, I could use a good "basics" book that includes techniques for salt water flys. Any suggestions? Brown's book provides great patterns on a lot flys, but doesn't cover much on techniques.


Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:21 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)